Keeping it Safe
are a trick, not a treat
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of the season celebrating ghosts, goblins and costume parties, Fraser Health
reminds people who use drugs, as well
as their friends and families, to exercise caution when consuming
substances, including drugs and alcohol.
"This Halloween season, Fraser Health
is reminding people to take precautions if they choose to consume
substances of any kind and to be aware of friends or family who may
require support," said medical health officer Dr. Ingrid Tyler.
If you choose to consume alcohol or drugs, have a plan to use safely
and reduce your risk of overconsumption or overdose:
• Make a plan to get home
• If you are consuming alcohol, set limits for yourself
and stick to them.
• Drink slowly, and for every drink of alcohol, have one
If you use drugs:
• Bring a sober buddy who can call
for help if needed.
• Tell someone, leave the door unlocked, and check in.
• Know your tolerance. Use less of a drug than before if you are
also taking certain prescription medications and/or you are
using after a period of time of non-use.
• Don't mix drugs and alcohol. If you do, use the drugs first.
• Do testers, go slow, and try to use a consistent dealer.
• In the event of a possible overdose, call 9-1-1. Remember,
first responders' number one priority is to make sure people
• Take Home Naloxone kits save lives. For a list of where you
can access Take Home Naloxone kits and where you can receive
training on how to use them in Fraser Health, click
This week, Fraser Health will launch a
social media campaign specifically targeting people who use illicit
drugs occasionally with information on how to reduce risk when
consuming substances, where to access Take Home Naloxone kits and
how to recognize signs of overdose.
For more advice, visit
Watch videos from the campaign on Fraser Health's
YouTube channel, including a message from medical health officer
Dr. Ingrid Tyler
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