Overdose Awareness Day

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On this International Overdose Awareness Day, I’d like to share the following statements by the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Judy Darcy and BC Chief Coroner, Lisa Lapointe.

While the rates of overdose related deaths are lower for the North compared to other regions of the province, one death is too many and it’s important for residents to know the signs of overdose and what to do. As we enter the legislative session this fall, I have no doubts that the newly created Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions will tackle the epidemic of drug addiction, related deaths and family tragedy left in its wake.

Please click thru the links to read the minister’s statement, coroner’s statement and valuable information offered by Northern Health and the province regarding drug overdose and what you can do to help.

Statement by Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Judy Darcy:https://news.gov.bc.ca/15296

Statement by B.C. Chief Coroner, Lisa Lapointe:https://news.gov.bc.ca/15242

Overdose prevention information prepared by Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/OverdosePrevention.aspx

Signs of an overdose:http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/overdose/what-you-need-to-know/signs-of-an-overdose

Overdose survival guide:http://towardtheheart.com/assets/uploads/files/OD_Survival_Guide_Tips_to_Save_a_Life_2012.08.29_upright_for_website.pdf

Illicit Drug Overdose Deaths in BC statistics: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/death-investigation/statistical/illicit-drug.pdf

Fentatnyl Detected Overdose Deaths in BC Statistics: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/death-investigation/statistical/fentanyl-detected-overdose.pdf