to the BC Coroners Service, 70 percent of overdose deaths in the Fraser
Health region this year have occurred in private residences.
Ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations,
Fraser Health reminds people who use drugs to exercise extreme caution
when consuming substances, including drugs and alcohol.
"Since we know the majority of overdoses are occurring at home, we are
taking this opportunity to remind people who use drugs to not consume
them alone. This is particularly relevant ahead of New Year's Eve
celebrations. If you are aware of friends or family members who may be
using substances, check in on them frequently to ensure they are safe,"
said chief medical health officer Dr. Victoria Lee.
If you choose to consume substances on New Year's Eve or at any time,
have an overdose prevention plan and reduce your risk of overconsumption
If you use drugs or alcohol:
• Bring a sober buddy who can call for
help if needed.
• Tell someone, leave the door unlocked, & 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.
• Do testers and go slow.
• In the event of a possible overdose, call 9-1-1. Remember, first
responders' number one priority is to make sure people survive.
• Take Home Naloxone kits can 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
• Make a plan to get home safely.
• If you are consuming alcohol, reduce your risk of injury and harm
by drinking no more than three drinks (for women) and four drinks
(for men) on any single occasion.
• Eat food before you drink alcohol.
• Drink slowly, and for every drink of alcohol, have one
If you need to reach out for help, call
the 24/7 Fraser Health Crisis Line at 604-951-8855. For information on
how to reduce risk when consuming substances, where to access Take Home
Naloxone kits and how to recognize signs of overdose, visit