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Acknowledge the empty seat

In homes, schools, sports arenas and workplaces across our region, someone is missing. Five years ago the increasing number of opioid overdoses prompted the Province to declare a public health emergency. Since then across Interior Health, more than 1,117* family members, friends, coworkers, teammates, neighbours and friends have been lost to overdose. Much has been…

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We are IH: Rikki Barden

We are IH is a recognition campaign to spotlight Interior Health employees and medical staff – through pictures and stories.  Name: Rikki Barden Worksite: Supervised Consumption Site, Kamloops Years of Service: 3.5 Job Title: Social Worker "You don't know what you don't know, is a quote I find myself saying a lot. I have no…

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Somebody’s someone

Hospitals across B.C. are displaying white trees this year. On them, you'll see ornaments and photos of people of all ages. These ornaments might remind you of your own family mementos. The difference is the people in these photos are no longer with us. Their lives were lost to overdose. Moms Stop the Harm is…

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Change begins with me

Have you ever heard the phrase "if you want to make a change in the world, start by changing yourself"? Widespread change might seem difficult to achieve, but it's possible if we decide to do things differently. If you want to fight addiction and stigma, and help end overdose, here are three easy steps to…

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New app saving lives, changing minds

In the midst of ongoing dual public health emergencies, a new app has been launched to prevent overdose deaths in B.C. Lifeguard Digital Health CEO Jeff Hardy was inspired to develop the application after losing a friend to a fentanyl overdose. Launched in May 2020, the app has continued to gain popularity among people who…

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Overdose awareness more important than ever

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held each year on August 31 to raise awareness about overdose, and reduce the stigma associated with substance use. It is also an important day to recognize the loss and grief felt by so many people around the world who have lost loved ones to overdose. This opportunity to…

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Double trouble: Dual health crises pose unique challenge

When Harm Reduction Coordinator Lesley Coates received the latest quarterly report on provincial overdose statistics, it confirmed what she and colleagues had been hearing anecdotally from the community for weeks. They had seen a steady, yet slow decline in overdose deaths over the last two years (139 in 2019, compared to 233 in 2018). The…

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An overdose emergency – four years later

More than four years ago B.C. declared a public health emergency in the face of unprecedented overdose deaths. Since that time, more than 789 lives have been lost within the Interior Health community. Important progress has been made and the evidence is promising. Research from the BC Centre for Disease Control shows that harm reduction…

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End the stigma: Jill’s story

Jill is blond, fit and full of energy. She often wears her hair in a bouncy ponytail. But there is a sadness around Jill’s eyes that somehow conflicts with the spring in her step.  The Okanagan mother of two recently retired from a career as a renal nurse. She spends her days in the mountains,…