The drug supply is poisoned.
Any dose can be deadly.

Street drugs have become more poisonous, more unpredictable, and more deadly.
They are hurting and killing our loved ones.

Prescription medications can also be very harmful if misused or if they get into the wrong hands.

Drugs are the leading cause of unnatural death of youth aged 10–18.
Most die at home, using alone.

You can help make a difference.

Have the talk

Keeping young people informed is the key to keeping them safe. When talking to kids about drugs:

  • Be honest and straightforward. Stick to the truth. Studies say lectures and scare tactics don’t work.
  • Know the facts so you can answer questions. If you’re not sure, look them up together with your kids.
  • Keep calm and avoid judgmental language. Shame and stigma prevent people from reaching out for help.
  • Stay connected. Have regular conversations with your kids about drugs. It’s the best prevention.

Take advantage of moments to bring up the topic naturally, like news stories or social media posts.

  • Ask them what they know and think.
  • Talk about why people use drugs and what can happen.
  • Show you care about their safety and well-being.

Get the facts

The drug supply is poisoned

Street drugs are now often laced with fentanyl or other hidden poisons that can seriously hurt or kill a person. This makes each dose unpredictable and possibly deadly.

Any dose
can be deadly

Pills off the street may be laced with deadly ingredients. Prescriptions meant for a friend or family member could be harmful if taken by someone else.

A lethal dose of fentanyl can be the size of a few grains of salt

Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are so strong, even a tiny bit can be lethal or make a person very sick.

Facts from
the coroner

Coroners study how people die. In the past year, they have found fentanyl in most of the drugs that caused people to die or experience an overdose.

Today’s drugs
take friends

Coroners say the leading cause of unnatural death in kids under 18 is drugs. Most kids didn’t know fentanyl was in the drugs they were taking.

Drugs kill more people
than cars

Coroners say more people have been hurt or killed by drugs than by car accidents.

How to help

What you need to know if someone you love is using drugs.

Why people use

People try and use drugs for different reasons. You might see signs if it starts to become a habit.

Types of drugs

There are many types of drugs and they come in many forms – from powders to prescriptions. Each one causes different reactions and short- and long-term effects.

Know the basics

Drugs are in our lives more than we think – including our own medicine cabinets. Learn the different stages of drug use and how to be safer.

Stop an overdose

Knowing how to spot and stop an overdose can save lives. Keep a naloxone kit nearby. They’re free at pharmacies.

Wellness journey

The road to recovery looks different for everyone. Know where to go and what to expect if someone is ready to take this step.

Resources

Apps, tools and websites are available to help people manage their mental health and drug use.

Help for kids and teenagers

We all need a safe place to turn to ask questions, get help, or just want to talk with someone.

Share these resources with your kids and ask them to tell a friend.

Foundry

Foundry does things differently. They make it easy for young people and caregivers to find youth-friendly and welcoming services, in-person and online at foundrybc.ca.

Kid’s Help Phone

With the Kid’s Help Phone, there is always someone safe who’s ready to talk, text or chat. It’s 24/7, private and free.

erase

erase = expect respect & a safe education is about building safe and caring school communities by empowering people to learn about the complex issues facing students.

Help for families and caregivers

Learn more about substance use and ways to care for your loved ones and yourself. Find a program near you.

Crisis lines

Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service

KUU-US Crisis Response Service