Two hands exchanging Naloxone kit
Written by Dr. Victoria Lee, Vice President Population Health and Chief Medical Health Officer

From August 27-31, teams across Fraser Health and our communities will be hosting overdose response drills – we’re practicing our overdose responses and encouraging our partners to join us by practicing too.

Overdose deaths can be prevented with early intervention. Recognizing the signs of overdose, and acting quickly and calmly to help reverse it using Naloxone, can and does save lives. 

Even if you’ve had naloxone training, it is important to refresh your skills on a regular basis through practice and online training. Just like earthquake and fire drills, regularly considering and practicing what you would do if faced with someone who is overdosing is vital to maintain knowledge and preparedness.

We practice, you can too!

We will be live-broadcasting one of our teams completing an overdose response drill on Facebook on Monday August 27 at 1:00 PM. We invite you to participate by asking questions during the Facebook Live event and hosting your own drill during the week of August 27-31. We have developed an overdose response drill toolkit to support you.

The live online video demonstration starts a week of conversations and drills leading up to International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2018. The event is a global effort to raise awareness about overdose, reduce the stigma of substance-related injury and death, and to acknowledge the grief felt by those who have lost loved ones and community members to overdose.

If you have questions about overdose drills, including wanting to participate, please contact

For more information about what Fraser Health is doing to address the overdose emergency, please visit

For more information about where to get naloxone and training, please go to

*Update August 30: In case you missed it, watch the video of our live drill.

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