Info Boxes

Signs of a stimulant overdose

Rigid, jerking limbs or seizures
Fast pulse or chest pains
Unconscious or in-and-out
Skin feels hot, sweating, or severe headaches
Anxiety, paranoia, confusion, agitation, or hallucinations
Call 911
There is no antidote to a stimulant overdose. Stay and help. Keep the person comfortable, conscious, and hydrated.

Sexual Violence

Sexual assault and harassment can happen to anyone, women and men.
There are no grey areas, it’s never okay.
Fewer than 5% of survivors report the crime.
Non-consensual touching and/or comments are never acceptable.
Rape is about power and control, not sex.
The effects of sexual violence last a lifetime, not weeks or months.
Any type of sexual activity without consent is sexual assault.
Sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault

Signs of an opioid overdose

Not moving and can’t be woken
Slow or not breathing
Choking, gurgling sounds, or snoring
Blue lips and nails
Cold or clammy skin
Tiny pupils
Call 911 and SAVE ME steps

Responses to Conflict

Avoidance
withdrawal from situation, ignoring problems, denying your feelings, being passive
can lead to: anxiety, resentment, depression, needs not being met, problem never solved.
Confrontation
aggression, intimidation, threats, punishment, withholding money, favours, or affection.
can lead to: lack of cooperation, never reaching mutually satisfying solution, deeper conflict.
Communication
participation, listening, understanding, cooperation, assertive

Drug Testing Sites

InSite
139 East Hastings:
Wed and Fri, 1-5pm
Molson OPS
166 East Hastings:
Tues and Thurs, 1-5pm
OPS
58 East Hastings:
Wed and Thurs, 9am-12pm
St. Paul’s OPS
1081 Burrard Street:
Wed and Fri, 1-4pm
Stay safe, never use alone, make sure you and your friends have a naloxone kit.

Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction

AKA
opioid agonist treatment (OAT)
opioid substitution treatment (OST)
opioid replacement therapy (ORT)
Methadose
methadone
daily liquid
Suboxone
buprenorphine + naloxone
daily pill
Kadian
sustained release oral morphine
daily capsules
Hydromorphone
injectable OAT (iOAT)
daily injection

Tips to Prevent Overdose

Have a buddy
or use overdose prevention sites. Make sure someone can call for help.
Start low, go slow.
Drugs may be stronger than you realize.
Have an overdose plan.
Carry naloxone.
Beware of mixing.
Avoid using alcohol. Prescription drugs increase overdose risk.
Take care of yourself.
Use less when having health issues or haven’t used for a while.

Leisure Access Program

(LAP)
Free access to basic recreation programs and services for those with low income. Includes pools, skating rinks, gyms, and community centres.
To get a pass bring one of these to a community centre:
• red bus pass (compass card)
• income assistance cheque stub
• letter from the Ministry
• Ministry stamped application
+
• one piece of ID
Get an advocate to go with you if you need and get exercising!

HIV and AIDS

HIV is the virus that causes HIV infection. HIV damages the immune system by killing cells.
Loss of these cells makes it hard for the body to fight off infections.
AIDS is the last stage of HIV infection.
HIV medications can stop HIV infection from advancing to AIDS.
HIV is spread by unprotected sex (including anal and oral), used needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.
To prevent infection, always practice safe sex, never share needles, and get treatment as soon as possible if infected.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver.
Left untreated, HepC can cause liver damage and liver failure.
Many people do not know they are infected. Many people can live with HepC for decades with no symptoms.
HepC is more infectious than HIV and is spread when infected blood or body fluids enter someone’s body.
always practice safe sex, never share needles or any equipment when using drugs, and NEVER share nail clippers, toothbrushes, or razors.
HepC can be cured through medication. Successful treatments can eliminate the virus from the body.