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Welcome to the Cowichan Tribes Opioid Response webpage
Download Guidelines for Safer Drug Use During Shelter in Place, and feel free to share.
Important Information About Drug Use & Opioids
It is very important that all Cowichan Tribes Members are aware of this important information.
We ask all members to please have Narcan (naloxone) in your household, especially if you live with others or have kids. In many overdose deaths, the family and friends of people who died did not know they were using drugs.
Please share and discuss the information below with your family, friends, children, brothers and sisters, and neighbours.
- Don't use drugs alone. Most overdose deaths happen when people use drugs alone. Use with a buddy who can call for help if you overdose. When you use with a buddy, stagger using times so someone is awake to call for help. During COVID, keep safe distance (6ft), stay outdoors, wear masks, don't share supplies.
- Toxic & deadly drug supply.The current supply of illegal drugs is toxic, unpredictable, and deadly, including for smoking. The risk of overdose and death is very high.
- If there is an overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately., give breaths, and give Naloxone. If you call 9-1-1 to report an overdose, you won’t be charged for simple drug possession.
- Start with a low dose, go slow. Test a small amount of the drugs first, then go slowly.
- Carry Naloxone and have an overdose plan. Be prepared if an overdose happens. Carry Naloxone at all times and know how to use it. Naloxone nasal spray is free at London Drugs and other pharmacies with a Status Card and BC Services Card.
- Use at the Overdose Prevention Site. at 221 Trunk Rd. Entrance is through side door off Ypres Street. Open everyday from noon to 8:00pm. It’s a safe space with no judgement. Services are confidential and you don’t have to give your name. 250-597-7779.
- Get your drugs tested at the OPS.Testing drugs takes 5 minutes. No questions asked.
- Use the Lifeguard App. If you use alone, the Lifeguard phone app can save your life by calling 911 if you overdose. It’s free at the App Store or Google Play.
Safe supply is available. The doctor at the OPS can give safe supply of opioids. The nurse practitioner at the Primary Care Network Clinic at 71 Government St. can also prescribe safe supply of opioids (250-669-6542). Or call your doctor, Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre (250-746-6184) or Healthlink BC (8-1-1).
- Help and support are available. If you are struggling with addiction, sadness, or mental health challenges, we can help you with counseling, addiction treatment referrals, and other supports. Call us today. Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre & Kwun’atsustul Counselling: 250-746-6184. Read more on our where to get help page.
News & Upcoming Events
- Guidelines for Safer Drug Use During Shelter in Place
- Working Group January Activity Update
- Task Force Report & Recommendations
The nurse practitioner at the Primary Care Network Clinic (71 Government St.) specializes in treating opioid addiction and can prescribe safe supply of opioids. 250-669-6542
The doctor at the Overdose Prevention Site (221 Trunk Rd.) can prescribe safe supply of opioids. More info
About the Working Group
Cowichan Tribes has formed an Opioid Crisis Response Task Force to address the opioid and addictions crisis that is impacting our community.
The goals of the Task Force are to:
- Prevent overdose deaths.
- Raise awareness of overdose prevention and harm reduction strategies.
- Make sure people who need help and support can access to the right services.
- Provide important information to Members.
- Eliminate the stigma around drug use and addictions.
- Lead a coordinated response and develop an action plan to address the immediate causes and the root causes of the opioid and addictions crisis.
- Engage with Quw’utsun Mustimuhw (Cowichan Tribes community) to develop solutions to the crisis.
Contact Task Force Coordinator Jen Charlie at: