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Stop Stigma. Save Lives.

The stories shared as part of this project may trigger distressing feelings. If you need emotional support, please contact the 24-hour crisis line for northern B.C. at 1-888-562-1214.



"I’m just as human as everybody else, I just have an addiction. These labels are hard, it’s sad. It makes me feel non-human, almost."

Read more of Trevor's story


"I’m still me. I’m still that guy that’s got it in him to go out and slay fish and work hard, but people don’t see it. They build up these stories or get these ideas in their head, and it’s so hard to change somebody else’s thought on how a person is when they are addicted."

Read more of George's Story


"I’m a good person. I like to talk to people. I like to talk to kids, making people laugh. I give back to people and it makes my day. I’d rather give than receive any day."

Read more of Moe's Story

About this project

Stigma against people who use drugs results in discrimination, impacts health, and contributes to overdoses. Sharing stories of people who use drugs can reduce stigma.

The Stop Stigma. Save Lives. project shares the words of 12 people with firsthand or family experiences of drug use. Through these stories, we hope to build compassion, encourage empathy, and contribute to a community that treats all people with dignity and respect. We thank all of the participants for their courage and willingness to share their stories.

We all have a role to play to challenge stigma. We encourage you to learn from and share these stories. Make a pledge to stop stigma.

Stories were recorded in July 2016.


What you can do

  • Treat every human being with dignity and respect.
  • See a person for who they are, not what drugs they use.
  • Listen while withholding judgment.
  • Avoid using labels.
  • Replace negative assumptions with evidence-based facts.
  • Use people-first language.