From Interior Health & the Province of BC (see full PDF):
Interior Health and ASK Wellness would like to heighten public awareness about opioid drug use, particularly in light of recent fatal and non-fatal overdoses in some of our communities. Here is information you need to know:
According to BC Coroner statistics there has been a gradual increase in opioid related overdose deaths over the last 24 months across B.C., including communities within Interior Health. In addition, community agencies continue to receive reports about individuals experiencing fatal and non-fatal overdoses.
It is important to know there is not one particular group being affected. Reports of overdose with recovery and overdose deaths are occurring among frequent users as well as those who use for recreational purposes. Most overdose deaths are occurring when mixing substances, such as drugs and alcohol.
Information coming forward shows there is not one specific “bad batch” of drugs. The majority of overdose symptoms are being reported after using opioid drugs such as OxyContin and heroin.
While not using drugs at all is the best way to stop this trend, addiction is an illness and people require support to stop using. At this time we advise those using opioid drugs to take steps to reduce the risk of overdose:
If you or someone you know is at risk of opioid overdose, the Take Home Naloxone program trains participants to recognize and respond to an overdose situation, using a naloxone kit. Naloxone can reverse (stop) an opioid overdose – in the event of an overdose, naloxone restores breathing within 2-5 minutes of administration and offers the opportunity to save a life and reduce harm related to the overdose while waiting for help to arrive. To find out more contact one of the agencies listed below.
If you need help, or know someone who does, there are many options available. Interior Health and its partners offer a variety of programs including: withdrawal management, opioid replacement therapy, counselling, and housing supports. To access treatment services, talk to your physician or contact one of the agencies listed below.
Interior Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services – Kamloops 250 – 377- 6500
ASK Wellness – Kamloops 250 – 376 -7558