Province extends drug awareness program as students return to class – BC News

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Be Drug Aware at School

With toxic drugs circulating across the province, officials have extended a program to educate post-secondary students about the dangers of drugs.

To ensure that students attending universities and colleges know the seriousness of the drug poisoning crisis affecting communities across British Columbia and the steps they can take to stay safe, the province extended its Toxic Drugs Awareness Campaign.

The campaign points to harm reduction resources, including how to recognize the signs of an overdose, respond with naloxone, download the Lifeguard app and access emergency contacts.

“The Toxic Drugs are Circulating campaign meets students where they are and gives them tools to help them stay safe,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Higher Education and Skills Training. sure they are safe, informed and have access to the information and supports they need. It is important for us to do what we can to reverse the poison drug crisis affecting British Columbians.

The campaign rolled out across the province in August and expanded to specifically reach post-secondary students in the fall. This is just one of many measures being taken to support young people in British Columbia and help them stay safe.

These measures include:

  • expand access to naloxone;
  • launch Here2Talk, a free and confidential 24/7 mental health counseling and referral service for all BC post-secondary students; and
  • expand the Foundry and Foundry Virtual Centers to help young people up to age 24 access supports like counselling, peer support, primary care and family support.

“With students reuniting after a long and difficult separation, many are excited to socialize and celebrate. If it involves drugs, be sure to partner up and carry naloxone at all times, know the risks and how stay safer,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “With more than five people dying every day in British Columbia from poisonous drugs, it’s crucial that people understand that toxic drugs are out there and that they need to take every precaution when using them.”

To ensure the campaign reaches post-secondary students, the province is working with colleges, universities, health care providers and other key stakeholders to deliver campaign messages on campuses, social media and in popular social spaces where students congregate.

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