Overdose prevention and response

If you are on campus, SFU Campus Security is on duty 24/7 and can reach the emergency site faster than 911.
Call Campus Security immediately if you witness an overdose.

In case of opioid overdose, Campus Security can administer Narcan® spray.

What are the signs of an overdose?

An overdose might look different from one person to the next. But there are a few things you can look for if you suspect someone may have overdosed on an opioid like fentanyl or any other drug.

Look for these signs if you think someone may have overdosed:

  • Slow, shallow breathing or no breathing
  • Severe sleepiness or person is not moving / responsive
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Person may be choking, or you can hear gurgling sounds
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Trouble walking or talking
  • Pupils are tiny
  • If you suspect someone may have overdosed, call 911 immediately; time is of the essence

Where can I get a Nalaxone kit?

You are eligible for the Take Home Naloxone program if you:

  • Have a history of using substances particularly heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine
  • Are likely to witness and respond to an overdose (not including health care professionals or clinics for staff use on patients)
  • Are First Nations and living in BC. The FNHA’s First Nations Health Benefits plan will cover the cost

If you are eligible for the Take Home Naloxone program, you can receive a naloxone kit at no cost, as well as overdose prevention and response training. You can get the kit and training at any program site.

To find a site near your, call 811 or visit the Toward the Heart site locator.

If you are not eligible for the Take Home Naloxone program, you can purchase naloxone and related supplies, as well as overdose prevention and response training, at a pharmacy in your area. See a list of available pharmacies.

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Know the signs of an overdose

An overdose might look different from one person to the next. But there are a few things you can look for if you suspect someone may have overdosed on an opioid like fentanyl or any other drug.

Look for these signs if you think someone may have overdosed:

  • Slow, shallow breathing or no breathing
  • Severe sleepiness or person is not moving / responsive
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Person may be choking, or you can hear gurgling sounds
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Trouble walking or talking
  • Pupils are tiny
  • If you suspect someone may have overdosed, call 911 immediately; time is of the essence.