Learning Hub and Business Support
Welcome to the Terrace Downtown Improvement Area's (TDIA) Knowledge Hub! This dedicated section of our website is designed exclusively for our valued members who are business and property owners in the Terrace downtown core. Here, you'll find a wide array of valuable resources and educational content to support and enhance your ventures in our vibrant downtown area.
Saving Lives: Understanding the Importance of Overdose Response and Prevention Services
Some Terrace-based businesses may be witnessing and responding to drug poisonings (overdoses) within their premises. In fact, in 2022, an average of 6.4 British Columbians died a day from illicit drug poisonings, with 84% of these deaths occurring at indoor locations.
Fortunately, there is a life-saving medication called naloxone that can quickly reverse opioid overdoses. It is available for free in BC and does not require a prescription. Naloxone is easy to administer and can be the difference between life and death.
It is important to note that people who respond to a suspected overdose with naloxone are covered under The Good Samaritan Act.
For more information, you can check out the Naloxone FAQ and Fentanyl & First Responders FAQ.
Take-home naloxone kits are available from most local pharmacies, the Terrace Health Unit, and the Terrace Outreach team.
The outreach team provides training when dispensing kits.
If you're interested in having naloxone available and staff trained to use it, there are a variety of methods to do so.
Please see below for a list of resources you can access:
Complete online training & bring proof to Terrace Health Unit/Outreach for kit: Home — Take Home Naloxone (naloxonetraining.com)
Nasal Naloxone available at most pharmacies
Local team may offer training/kits
Overdose prevention services play a crucial role in building healthy communities. For those interested in learning more about their impact, we recommend checking out the Community Impacts of Overdose Prevention Sites: An Evidence Review.
Substance use affects everyone, including your employees and patrons. It's a complex issue that often results in stigma and shame, causing many to use substances in secret, increasing the risk of overdose deaths. In fact, in BC, over 50 overdoses happen in bathrooms every month. If you're looking to make your washrooms safer, check out the Safer Bathroom Toolkit by the University of Victoria. It's a great resource for information and practical tips to help you prevent overdose incidents.
If you or someone you know requires overdose prevention services, the Terrace site is located at 101-4450 Grieg Avenue and is open Monday to Friday from 12pm to 4pm. The team is also available to provide support outside of these hours. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need help.