All available data related to substance use in BC is now available here in 7 short chapters!
This compiled report is brought to you by the BC Drug Overdose & Alert Partnership, a multi-sectoral committee established in 2011 to prevent and reduce the harms associated with substance use.
Alert posters are a great way to let people know about issues in your community.
We interviewed some service providers & peers about what messages should be included in these alerts.
To understand differences in high-risk drug use, a BC-wide survey was initiated in 2012 at existing harm reduction supply distribution sites.
Regional differences in drug use have been identified and are informing harm reduction planning to improve health in this marginalized population. The 2012 & 2013 survey results can be found here.
We worked with a team of researchers, service providers and people with lived experience to develop comprehensive recommendations to ensure that people who use drugs have access to high-quality services that prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other infections.
Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids, such as heroin, methadone, and morphine.
BC has developed a Take Home Naloxone (THN) Program to help prevent overdoses and save lives.
This study explores the perceptions of persons who smoke crack cocaine in Vancouver regarding its use, effects and impacts on their health.
Perceptions of risk and suggestions related to harm reduction supplies and services are examined.
Cocaine in B.C. has been found to contain a substance called levamisole which can cause a condition called agranulocytosis that dramatically reduces white blood cells.
The Harm Reduction Journal published our research findings on the cases in BC and Alberta and how doctors can better treat patients after exposure.