The campaign points to harm-reduction resources, including how to recognize the signs of an overdose, respond using naloxone, download the Lifeguard App and access emergency contacts.
BC Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre will also glow purple to commemorate the day, the release said.
Eighty-one per cent of the deaths were male and 71 per cent were between the ages of 30 and 59, the report found.
Six people died in the Oceanside local health area due to illicit drug toxicity in the first five months of 2021, according to the BC Coroners Service.
The technology allows rapid, sensitive testing as a harm-reduction measure to help reduce illicit drug poisonings.
B.C.’s first cohort of registered nurses (RNs) will complete their training this month to prescribe opioid use disorder medications — a Canadian first.
The latest data is equal to five lives lost from illicit drug overdose per day, according to BC Coroners Service.
“The deaths are mostly preventable. We must embrace all harm reduction measures, including a safe supply,” said Leslie McBain from Moms Stop The Harm.

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