Island Health has issued a drug poisoning/overdose advisory for Campbell River.
In the area, there are an increased number of overdoses occurring and people who are using opioids and stimulants face an increased risk of overdosing.
If you see someone overdosing, you are asked to call 911, administer naloxone, and give one breath every five seconds.
Island Health has the following tips for safer drug use:
- Get your drugs checked at 1330 Dogwood St. Unit #5 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m.
- Visit the overdose prevention site at the same address
- Carry naloxone
- Avoid mixing substances, including alcohol and prescription drugs, as it increases risk of overdose
- Stagger use with a friend
- Start with a small amount and see how you react before taking more
- Know your tolerance
If someone is using alone, Island Health recommends:
- Let someone know and ask them to check on you
- Download and use the Lifeguard app
- Call the National Overdose Response Service at 1-888-688-6677
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This overdose advisory comes days before the federal government’s decriminalization exemption comes into effect.
Starting Jan. 31, anyone 18 and above in B.C. who possess up to 2.5 grams of illicit drugs strictly for personal use will not be arrested or charged. Drugs that fall under the exemption include opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA, also known as ecstasy. The three-year exemption will end on Jan. 31, 2026.
This exemption falls short of what the province had requested, and has been a move criticized by many advocates as not going far enough to prevent overdoses.
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