DreannaDreanna figures that if she were still using, she would be dead. She’s 22. She’s been clean since she was 18. Now she’s helping others and aspires to get her Masters in Social Work.

Last year, 1,510 people in BC died from a drug overdose: in 87% of the overdoses, fentanyl was detected.

Overdoses in BC – A Snapshot

Overdoses are happening in our community. Far from being an issue confined to the streets, the opioid epidemic is affecting people from all walks of life and from all socio-economic backgrounds; it could be your friend, your family member, your co-worker, or your next door neighbour.

Bloom wall – take a rose

This month, drop by the lower level of The Bay Centre and pick up a rose from our bloom wall. Take the rose in remembrance of someone you may have lost or in tribute to someone you love. Post your rose flower on Instagram and tag @UnitedWayVictoria #unignorable. The bloom wall is part of our #unignorable installation in the lower level of The Bay Centre.

woman pulling flower web

The goal of United Way’s Overdose Prevention Project is to create awareness and educate people about this public health crisis through de-stigmatization, compassion and fact-based information.

United Way is funding programs to help educate different audiences about the danger of opioids, harm reduction, and programs and services available to help people.

For 82 years, United Way Greater Victoria (UWGV) has been tackling complex social issues facing the region. Now we’re taking on this public health crisis.

The present crisis is unignorable. Let’s change the future.