We are a multi-sectoral committee that was established to prevent and reduce the harms associated with substance use.
The group identifies and disseminates timely information about harms related to substance use including overdose and adverse reactions to contaminated products, and coordinates public health responses to these emerging issues.
Information about drug use in British Columbia and its adverse consequences is available through a variety of sources.
Review of the Opioid Overdose Response Strategy
BC Overdose Action Exchange Meeting Report
BC Overdose Action Exchange Primers
Opioid Overdose Response Strategy
The data below are updated versions of figures presented in detail in the 2014 DOAP Report or overdose-related data from new sources. New links will be added as data becomes available.
This report collects and collates the most recent data available regarding substance use and associated morbidity, mortality and enforcement patterns. It also information on harm reduction strategies used to mitigate these adverse outcomes. We discuss interpretations, comparisons, and limitations of the data to provide the reader with a greater understanding of the bigger picture related to drug use in BC.
DOAP is chaired by the Harm Reduction Lead at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Member agencies include:
- Provincial Health Service Authority agencies:
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- BC Drug and Poison Information Centre
- BC Emergency Health Services
- BC Provincial Toxicology Centre
- BC Centre for Excellence HIV/AIDS - Urban Health Research Institute
- BC Coroners Service
- BC Regional Health Authorities
- Fraser Health
- Interior Health
- Northern Health
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- Island Health
- Centre for Addictions Research of BC, University of Victoria
- First Nations Health Authority
- Health Canada Drug Analysis Service
- Law Enforcement
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Vancouver Police Department
- Victoria Police Department
- Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users