Getting to Tomorrow: Ending the Overdose Crisis

Beyond COVID-19


Community dialogues bringing Canadians together to realize a shared vision for change to address the overdose crisis. Select from the communities in the map below to learn about the issues and people at the heart of this crisis—and solutions to it. #GettingToTomorrow

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Advocacy and recovery, recovery and advocacy

Self worth, a career, and even true love—advocating for PWUD has given me all of that, and so much more.

An experience with overdose on SkyTrain is inspiring a life-saving high school program

If someone wants to help in making a positive change in their community, nothing should be stopping them from doing so.

How harm reduction saved my life and put me on a path to hope

Jordan is a client of an injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT) program in Edmonton, Alberta living with his family. He has just started his own consulting business and has a loving partner and a dog named Mr. Mills.

It’s time we rethink how we treat people who use drugs

Denying people harm reduction will increase rates of overdose, HIV, and Hepatitis C, as well as increase costs to the health care system.

Coalition of businesses supporting progressive drug policies in Alberta

Harm reduction and progressive drug policies create stronger communities for everyone

Why communities of faith should support harm reduction

What would Jesus do? Why communities of faith should support harm reduction

Primary health care providers play an important role in the overdose crisis

Doctors and health care professionals have an incredible potential for positive change at both an individual and societal level. The actions they take and endorse legitimize the evidence-based public health interventions that need to happen. And when they do, they will save lives.

Words are a Powerful Weapon

The dehumanizing effects of stigma push people to the margins of our society where help and security are much harder to find.

New Brunswick: Recommendations for Change

From housing without waitlists to responsive services that come to the community instead of appointments, this is what community members in New Brunswick said must change.

It starts with stigma: Summary of New Brunswick public health dialogue

“People using drugs have to wait until the system is ready for them.” Services and support should be ready when and where they are needed.

"You cannot arrest your way out of an opioid crisis."

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (The Canadian Press, Aug. 23, 2020)

"Everybody needs a safe place to use, and they need a safe drug to use."

Matt Bonn, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CBC, Oct. 6, 2020 / Photo credit: Caora McKenna)

"The evidence shows us that supervised consumption sites and services save lives and can provide people who use drugs with access to health and social services and treatment."

Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, Canada (The Canadian Press, Aug. 20, 2020)

"We need to put as much time and effort and kindness and compassion into caring for people who use drugs as we have been successful in doing in responding to the COVID-19 crisis."

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia (Global News, July 16, 2020)

"A person’s worth isn’t based on the substances they put in their body and it doesn’t help when we push them away."

Erica Thomson Peer Coordinator at Fraser Health

Erica Thomson, Peer Coordinator (Fraser Health, May 14, 2018)

"Stigmatizing and criminalizing those affected by substance use disorders is an ineffective strategy that often increases harm."

Elaine Hyshka, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Sept. 26, 2019)