Overdose Prevention Resource Guide 2019 - Central Island


A lot of people are surprised to learn that the majority of overdose deaths occur in private residences and many of these people are employed in various trade industries. They do not use substances in public, they typically use alone, and their substance use issues are often hidden from their families, friends, and colleagues. They need our help.

There are local resources available to anyone in crisis but the stigma and shame that surrounds substance use issues and mental health can create a barrier that is difficult to tackle on your own. Local, relevant, and compassionate information is available to anyone in need by phoning 2-1-1 or going to

By breaking down silos and working together we can more successfully address this crisis. No single agency can solve this issue but through agency collaboration and help from our donors, we can play our part to educate residents, implement change, and coordinate joint actions.

For the past 60 years, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island has been bringing together passionate individuals and agencies to collaborate, find solutions, and fund effective programs to help local people. Our efforts are now more urgent than ever. Making people aware of and providing access to services is critical in preventing further deaths.

Thanks to Black Press Media, Vancouver Island University, and Edgewood Health Network for partnering on this resource guide. It is one more tool to help prevent harm, offer support, and provide education on this epidemic.