Myths About the Overdose Crisis in B.C.

Article from www.stopoverdose.gov.bc.ca

More and more, the conversation about substance use is changing. For example, people are becoming more aware of using words and language that reduce stigma.

However, common myths still exist, including some about the overdose crisis – an ongoing public health emergency in B.C. Inaccurate information or beliefs about substance use and overdose can cause feelings of shame or blame for people who use drugs. People may try to hide their drug use from family and friends, use drugs alone, and avoid reaching out for help. Using drugs alone can increase the risk of a fatal drug overdose.

It’s important to talk with friends and family so that everyone can learn the facts and start thinking about substance use and overdose in new ways.

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