How to host an event to create awareness about problematic opioid use

We encourage all Canadians to take part in increasing awareness about problematic opioid use in Canada. The opioid crisis can affect anyone.

Below are some steps to help you set up an event or awareness session using Health Canada’s online resources and activities.

The effects of COVID-19 vary between and within provinces and territories. Because of that, local governments, working with local public health authorities, may lift or change public health measures at different times depending on where you live. Work with your local public health and education authorities and partners to consider strategies and options when planning and executing events. For more information on COVID-19:

1. Order or download and print our posters, wallet cards and fact sheets

While all print materials are available to download, many can also be ordered free of charge.

At your event, set up a table to display and distribute our resources, which are listed below.

  • Fact Sheets: a series of handouts on the following topics:
    • Canada’s Opioid Crisis
    • Opioids: What Are They?
    • Opioid Overdoses: What To Do
    • Naloxone: Save A Life
    • Problematic Opioid Use
    • Stigma: Why Words Matter
    • Talking To Your Health Care Provider About Opioids
  • Wallet Cards: These three-panel wallet cards allow participants to keep the signs of an overdose on hand.
  • KNOW MORE Poster Kit: a series of posters that can be displayed in high traffic locations such as entryways, washrooms, gymnasiums etc. Orders are limited to two (2) per request.

Tip: Use these posters to help promote your event, and to continue to raise awareness about problematic opioid use after your event.

Get the resources

2. Set up the online activities

Use a tablet and/or a computer to set up the online activities. If you have the ability to, use one tablet/computer per activity so more people can use the activities during your event.

We recommend completing the activities in the following order:

  • Opioids
  • Fentanyl
  • Signs of an Overdose
  • Naloxone
  • Stigma

Note: The activities are compatible with Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

See the activities

3. Complete the online questionnaire to test knowledge

Once participants complete all five activities, test their knowledge by completing the online questionnaire.

See the questionnaire

4. Give us your feedback

Let us know how the event went! We appreciate the feedback. Contact us.

Share your event experience on social media using the hashtag #StopOverdoses.

See the questionnaire