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BC Drug Use Epidemiology

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.

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.

Communicating Drug Alerts

We interviewed some service providers & peers about what messages should be included in these alerts.

We interviewed some service providers & peers about what messages should be included in these alerts.

Substance Use Trends

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.

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.

Canadian Best Practice Recommendations

A Canada-wide team of researchers, service providers, policy makers and people with lived experience have developed, through extensive literature review and synthesis, an updated and comprehensive set of best practice recommendations.

Take Home Naloxone (THN) Program

BC has developed a Take Home Naloxone (THN) Program to help prevent overdoses and save lives.

BC has developed a Take Home Naloxone (THN) Program to help prevent overdoses and save lives.

Perceptions of People Who Smoke Crack Cocaine

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.

Health Effects from Tainted Cocaine

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.

FIND A HARM REDUCTION SITE

FIND A HARM REDUCTION SITE

Search for harm reduction sites in BC.

News

Anyone can now buy naloxone from BC Pharmacies

March 24th, 2016

On March 22, 2016, Health Canada announced the removal of prescription status for naloxone when used outside a hospital setting. Today, the College of Pharmacists of BC announced that naloxone will be listed as a Schedule II drug, making it available behind the counter of pharmacies in BC.

The BCCDC Take Home Naloxone program is in full support of this regulatory change as it increases the accessibility of naloxone to those who have previously been ineligible to obtain it. Anyone who wishes to carry naloxone to respond to an opioid overdose will be able to get training and purchase naloxone through a community pharmacy.

This regulatory change does not affect the existing operation of the BCCDC Take Home Naloxone program, which will continue to distribute kits to vulnerable and marginalized populations with the support of our amazing community partners. Existing processes and requirements will remain unchanged, and only approved sites will be able to obtain and distribute kits.

Community pharmacies will NOT be eligible to receive BCCDC’s naloxone kits and are required to obtain naloxone directly from wholesale manufacturers. More details will be made available through the College of Pharmacists of BC

The BC Centre for Disease Control, in collaboration with the College of Pharmacists of BC, has developed training materials to assist pharmacists in this transition and to provide recommendations based on consultations with community partners and peer groups.Training sessions for pharmacists are available here,

We are very grateful to the ongoing support and dedicati Read More...

Reduce Hard

About Us

The Harm Reduction Program is part of the BC Centre for Disease Control. We believe every person has the right to the best health possible and should be treated with dignity and respect.

We advocate for a community-based participatory model where patients are partners. We see ourselves as 'co-learners' meaning we understand that clients are the ‘experts’ with lived experiences and, to reciprocate, we are open and share our knowledge and our expertise. We believe in including people who use illegal drugs from across BC in policy decisions and program changes.

About Harm Reduction

Harm reduction aims to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high-risk behaviour. Harm reduction involves a range of support services and strategies to enhance the knowledge, skills, resources, and supports for individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.

The evidence shows it works and has many benefits for people who use substances, their families, and communities.

Educate about Safer Sex

Alerts

a) CCSA releases report on fentanyl related deaths across Canada (Aug 2015). 

b) BC public health & law enforcment agencies launch Know Your Source?: Be Drug Smart campaign to raise awareness of illicit fentanyl-related harms (Mar 2015)

Supply Catalogue

Read Our Ezine

Jul 2015

Resources