Ni tsun hwule'lum'ut ch'   I take notice of you (I care)
Opioid Response

Information for Families, Youth & Community

Most of us struggle with mental wellness challenges or addiction at some point in our lives. 

But sadly there's still a lot of stigma and shame when it comes to getting help.

It’s time for us to come together as a community and eliminate this stigma and shame, and support each other.

Talking About Drugs

We need to start talking more with our kids, family, and friends about drug use and the risk of overdose and death.  In many overdose deaths, the family and friends of people who died did not know they were using drugs.

Here are some great resources to get started:



Message From Youth Centre Staff



More Info & Articles

B.C. nears 500 fatal overdoses in 1st quarter of 2021; 158 deaths in March - Cowichan Valley Citizen, Apr. 29, 2021

'An Immense Toll': 498 Deaths from Poisoned Drugs This Year in BC - The Tyee,  Apr. 29, 2021

'Dying a slow death': Father appeals for destigmatization of drug use amid overdose crisis - Times Colonist, April 30, 2021

Why BC’s Illicit Drugs Are Increasingly Deadly - The Tyee, August 14th 2020

Quw’utsun Youth Speak Out 

Online Resources

Partnership to End Addiction E-books
A great selection of free e-books to learn about drugs & addiction and help you talk to your kids.
Toward the Heart - BCCDC
Excellent resources and videos on overdose prevention and how to give Naloxone

Stop Overdose BC
Great resources on harm reduction, how to respond to an overdose, and where to get help

Activity Updates and Reports


Mukw' tu shhwa'luqwa 'o' tth'ele's tu shhwuli   The family is the heart of life