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Overdose Response

BCCDC provides education about drug overdoses and works in overdose surveillance and research.
“The impact of the overdose crisis to families, friends and communities has been massive and the scars will be with us for many years to come. The urgency for real change expressed so eloquently by the people who are experiencing the losses firsthand needs to be heard and acted upon.”

—Dr. Mark Tyndall, Executive Medical Director, BCCDC

Our work

Overdose monitoring

We monitor overdoses in BC and report on overdose topics.

Safer Access to Drugs

BCCDC and Health Canada are piloting an intervention program that will provide low-barrier access to a safer, predictable supply of oral hydromorphone for people at risk of overdose. 

This program will complement currently available services and help create a bridge to treatment by enabling people at high risk of overdose to come out of isolation and access other harm reduction services.

“This is a public health response, not an addiction medicine response – people need access to safer drugs.”

Dr. Mark Tyndall, Executive Medical Director, BCCDC

Toward the Heart

Toward the Heart is our comprehensive website for those working on the frontlines of overdose, substance use and injection sites in BC.

BC Drug Overdose & Alert Partnership (DOAP)

DOAP is a committee that was established to prevent and reduce the harms associated with substance use.

BC Overdose Action Exchange

The BC Overdose Action Exchange is a discussion forum sponsored by the BCCDC, the BC Provincial Health Officer and the BC Coroners Service. 

For background information and 10 key actions that came out of the meetings, see BC Overdose Action Exchange on Toward the Heart. 

Our service

Overdose Response is part of Harm Reduction Services, in Clinical Prevention Services, at BCCDC.

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