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Public Health Emergency Declared

On April 14, 2016, BC's provincial public health officer declared an emergency in response to the rise in drug overdose and deaths.

Learn about our role in the response.

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.

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.

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.

New Hepatitis Education Resources

Hepatitis Education Canada develops culturally and linguistically sensitive hepatitis C education resources for the population, hepatitis patients and health care providers. Resources cover topics such as prevention, testing, care and support, treatment and living with hepatitis.

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.

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.

Youth Injection Prevention Project

This study focuses on identifying factors associated with preventing the transition into injection drug use among street-involved youth in Metro Vancouver, BC.

FIND A HARM REDUCTION SITE

FIND A HARM REDUCTION SITE

Search for harm reduction sites in BC.

News

Intranasal Naloxone

August 29th, 2016

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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

Aug 2016

Resources