Knocking down the walls of silence that keep people from talking about substance use is an important step towards addressing the overdose crisis in BC.
Recognizing that people who use drugs are real people helps to put a human face behind the numbers of so many preventable tragedies.
The Mission Overdose Community Action Team (MOCAT) brings together many individuals and community organizations to support and facilitate local partnerships, coordinate programs and services, address gaps, and plan for a collaborative, caring, creative community response to the overdose crisis.
Projects of the MOCAT are made possible with the support of the
Community Action Initiative.
As aligned with the British Columbia OERC, the functions of the MOCAT are to:
Ensure meaningful engagement of people with lived/living experience in the opioid overdose response, including family members.
Provide focused, multi-sectoral action-oriented strategies that are inclusive of all partners and tailored to the community's needs.
Implement strategies that are based on best evidence.
Work with partners to identify gaps in services and advocate for services to be brought to our community;
Provide clear direction and coordinate implementation of activities.
Align with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions’ core set of interventions.
Coordinator | Kat Wahamaa
We invite you to stay in touch and see our latest projects.
How you can Help
TALK ABOUT IT
The illicit drug-poisoning crisis is a complicated yet urgent situation with no easy solution. The stigma attached to substance use perpetuates shame and this leads to people feeling unconnected and using in private which can be fatal.
Contact local officials to advocate for policies, strategies, and services which aim to assist people who use legal and illegal drugs to live safer and healthier lives. Host dialogues and help us educate others while supporting us in providing low-barrier resources to those who need them. Create calls to action for safe supply and other
It takes many hands and hearts to carry out this work. Contact MOCAT to to see how you can support and engage in community projects.
Take the online Naloxone training and keep a kit with you. Or take the training with our Peers at Community Education Pop-Ups.