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Overdose prevention – when and where it’s needed

Last year there were 283 overdose deaths recorded in the Interior Health region. The highest yearly total yet. To prevent more of these tragic and preventable deaths, the province has developed a new way for health-care staff to safely support people who require overdose prevention services. These services include having health-care staff observe drug consumption…

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Remember and take action to end overdose

  August 31 International Overdose Awareness Day - it is a time to remember and take action about the overdose crisis.  Addiction and overdose can affect anyone. However according to the BC Coroners Service in 2021 so far 70 per cent of those dying were aged 30 to 59. Non-Aboriginal males accounted for 79 per…

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OAT offers hope for opioid addiction

Thirty-year-old Brittany is loving life these days. She has a job she loves, a new puppy (adorably named Cali – short for California Roll), a cozy home, a vehicle, and recently got engaged. Most importantly, the Kelowna resident who was formerly homeless has control of the opioid addiction that previously cost her everything. Brittany credits…

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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…