In 2016, BC declared a public health emergency in response to the mounting death toll from illicit drug overdoses. Since January 2016, over 9,000 people have lost their lives as a result of overdoses across Canada. To compound the challenge of the overdose crisis further, we’re also contending with the spread of communicable diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C associated with substance use. This is a public health crisis affecting the entire country.
This is why we have the Reducing Harms Priority. Substance use is a health issue, not a moral one. Gifts to the Reducing Harms Priority will support projects that promote harm reduction and address putting an end to the overdose epidemic.
Reducing Harms Projects
Your gift to the Reducing Harms Priority may fund a variety of projects including:
How you can help
With your help, we can stop deaths from unintentional drug overdoses, curb the spread of communicable diseases, and support people who use drugs in a way that affords them dignity and respect in accessing the type of care that’s right for them—whether that’s treatment, substitution therapy, or another path.
We need your help to fund the solutions that will end the overdose crisis. In partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control we have the mandate, the experts, and the drive to find innovative solutions. We need your help to make it a reality.
Make a one-time gift to the Reducing Harms Priority, or make a one-time or monthly gift to the Driving Innovation Fund today!
We are currently developing some exciting ideas with a focus on addressing threats; stay tuned for more information soon!
The Driving Innovation Fund is our signature fund that can provide quick and flexible funding when it’s needed the most. It helps us advance the state of the art and improve not only your health, but the health of British Columbia. While our other priorities—reducing harms and addressing threats—support health solutions to critical issues we know of today, we’re growing the Driving Innovation Fund to be able to help respond to the issues we see ahead or that we’re not yet aware of – issues that could emerge tomorrow – our Emerging Areas.
All monthly donations to the BCCDC Foundation support the Driving Innovation Fund—by making a monthly donation, your gift has the potential to fund the first solution to BC’s next emerging public health issue. Whether it’s responding to an environmental health hazard, addressing a communicable disease outbreak, or preventing chronic disease through new discoveries, your gift to the Driving Innovation Fund will build the BCCDC Foundation’s capacity, and support our ability to respond quickly.
Make a one-time or monthly donation to the Driving Innovation Fund today!
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