We provide overdose awareness training, teach people how to use naloxone, and distribute free Naloxone kits on campus. Naloxone is a medication that quickly reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as heroin, methadone, fentanyl and morphine.
Drug checking is a free, confidential service to provide people with information about what is in their drugs and ways to reduce the risk of any associated harms. This service is open to everyone, not jut UBCO students.
Did you know there is a student recovery community at UBC? The student Recovery Community at UBC is for students, by students with lived experience of addiction and recovery. They support all pathways of recovery.
By providing information and support resources to people who use drugs, they can choose to use their substances in a more informed and lower-risk way, helping to prevent overdose and other complications.
BC’s Overdose and Toxic Drug Crisis continues to claim thousands of lives of British Columbians and has only accelerated since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 was the deadliest year on record and since 2016 the rate of death due to drug toxicity has increased by more than 400%.
In 2021, 71% of those who died as a result of suspected drug toxicity were between 30 to 59, and 78% were male.
Number of overdose deaths in past year (2021)
Drug toxicity deaths occured in private homes.
Number of lives lost since declaration April 2016
Fentanyl was detected in samples tested in 2021
Drug toxicity is now second only to cancers in B.C. for potential years of life lost. We cannot simply hope that things will improve.
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Students working with the Campus Health Harm Reduction Team headed up to Big White Resort to provide drug testing at the AltiTunes Music Festival on Saturday, April 2nd. This was a first for the resort and for our team. Read more about it on INFOnews.ca. ...
UBCO’s collaboration with the community is breaking down barriers when it comes to accessing harm reduction services. Today the UBC Okanagan News featured an article about the HaRT (Harm Reduction Team) and the good things they are accomplishing on campus. HaRT’s work...
The death review panel report looked into the staggering 6,007 deaths from toxic illicit drugs between Aug. 2017 to July 2021. The coroner’s death review panel on illicit drug toxicity deaths included experts in health, law, and social services to examine what’s...
“Harm Reduction “shifts resources and power to the people who are most vulnerable to structural violence” (Monique Tula as quoted in Godfrey, 2018, p.x).””
– Monique Tula as quoted in Godfrey, 2018, p.x.