Harm reduction services are very close to my heart. There is no stigma here, just love, compassion and genuine concern for safety.
Crime Victim Assistance Program
(Need stats on Kamloops OD's)
This video gives a very thorough explaination of North America's opioid crisis. It is scary, and it is real in Kamloops.
Fentanyl tablets are blended - in a magic bullet or the like - resulting in uneven distribution of the potent drug. It is put into substances as a cut, or sold entirely to individuals as heroin. If a user ends up with a rather large chunk of the magic-bullet blended fentanyl (commonly called hot spots), it can be fatal.
As a response to the opioid crisis in Canada, the drug Naloxone (sold under the brand name Narcan) has been made available for free at most pharmacies in Canada. Simply enter any pharmacy & request a kit after being educated on adminstering.
Learn how to administer life-saving Narcan during an overdose...
Art by @Stanzyart
Please do not hesitate to call 911 if you are witnessing an overdose. The Good Simaritan Act was created in response to the opioid crisis and it provides you with some legal protection in such a life-threatening situation.
Screenshot from BC Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions
Supervised Consumption Sites
It is highly recommended that you utilize our city's supervised consumption sites for overdose prevention.
Supervised consumption sites can be found at:
ASK Wellness, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
569 Seymour St., Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Check out Tripsit.me
This website is a valuable resource with science based information on substance interactions, dosages, and how to manage a bad trip. Volunteers are eager and willing to help guide or trip sit a user and are available 24/7 to chat live. They also have a free mobile app available. Click here for a useful drug interaction chart often used at music festivals.
"We are TripSit – Our number one goal is to provide positive support and encourage harm reduction by providing techniques, advice, and in some cases, helping users deal with possible negative psychological consequences of their actions and experiences."
"Our experienced team understands the good and bad side of drugs and we understand that individuals will use drugs regardless of their current legality. Its for that reasons that we are here to help by reducing the risks associated with reckless or uninformed consumption of drugs in all environments while providing support and assistance to those who need it. Whether you need someone to talk to, advice on safe dosage, a simple water bottle, or supportive techniques for recovery we are here for you."
"We do not encourage the use or abuse of drugs. On the contrary: users who join our network are already intent on taking drugs, and we provide services to keep them safe. We do not condone the abuse of drugs or mixing of potentially dangerous combinations of drugs"
Harm Reduction Supplies & Needle Exchange Programs
You can find harm reduction supplies & needle exchange services at:
Crossroads Inn, 569 Seymour Street - Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm (250-374-5060)
King Street Center, 126 King Street - Monday to Friday 8:30am-12pm, 1pm to 4:30pm (250-376-7855)
Kamloops Primary Care Clinic, 36-450 Lansdowne Street - Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm (250-851-7954)
ASK Wellness, 433 Tranquille Road - Monday to Friday Monday to Friday 8:30am-12pm, 1pm to 4:30pm (250-376-7558)
-Crime victim assistance
-IPV (men & women), family violence
-Sexual assault, KSAC
Singles & Adult Couples
Tuesday & Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm
Friday 9:00am-11:00am & 12:00pm-2:00pm