Hey, Pal… You Ok? Safer Washrooms and Episodic OPS

Making public and private spaces safer for everyone, to include all demographics of People Who Use Drugs.



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About the Webinar

Attempts to exclude people who use substances from facilities, or exclude substance use from the visibility of staff, has failed to dissuade substance use, and instead pushes people to use in alone, and in unsafe environments. Episodic Overdose Prevention Services (e-OPS) is a service or intervention that health care and social service providers (anyone from paramedics to peer supports) can offer on an as needed basis, in anytime and anywhere overdoses may occur. Emily Sollows, from the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) will outline the ethical and professional obligation to reduce preventable deaths caused by the toxic drug supply, while we wait for a safer and more regulated drug supply.  


Shannon Riley from VCH and Kali-olt Sedgemore from VCH, Portland Hotel Society and The Coalition of Peers Dismantling the Drug War have presented many times together on the topic of ‘Saving Lives, Safer Washrooms.’ They will join Emily to echo the responsibility to provide basic needs for safer drug consumption and enhancing safety for people who are using alone in public spaces. Together they will shed light on the desperate need for safer public washrooms, misconceptions about drug use in public washrooms, and offer a check-list to implement safety changes in your workplace or community space. Both the general public and service providers can help to make these spaces safer for everyone, keep community members safe while decreasing the burden on washroom management. 


This webinar will feature an interactive fireside chat format, that encourages the audience to follow the discussion and ask questions along the way. Join us as we learn about unique approaches to e-OPS and public washroom safety, and leave with new strategies to help to de-stigmatize substance use in public washrooms and help to save the lives of vulnerable populations in your communities. All overdose deaths are preventable! 

Organizations Involved

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides health promotion and prevention services, analytical and policy support to government and health authorities, and diagnostic and treatment services to reduce communicable[…]

Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) serves over 1.25 million people along the coastline of BC with the vision of creating healthy lives in healthy communities. VCH employees are dedicated, committed, and skilled[…]