BCCDC reports regularly on harm reduction and substance use topics.
Since 2012 the BCCDC Harm Reduction Services program has surveyed clients of harm reduction supply distribution sites across BC. BC has an established network of more than 350 harm reduction distribution sites.
Prior to 2012, knowledge about high-risk drug use was based primarily on data from two major cities, Vancouver and Victoria. The Harm Reduction Client Survey was introduced to obtain more comprehensive and province-wide information about drug use, related harms, stigma, and access to harm reduction services.
Data from the survey is used to inform harm reduction planning, confirm emerging issues, and to evaluate and improve quality of harm reduction services. The background and significant findings of the survey are summarised in the report below. The 2021 survey is currently (as of May 2021) being administered at sites across the province.
BC Harm Reduction Client Survey: Background & Significant Findings throughout the Years
Findings and knowledge summaries for each year the survey was administered are described below.
Crystal Methamphetamine Use in BC: A Cross-sectional Study of People Who Access Harm Reduction Services (May 2021) Publication
Convenience & Comfort: Reasons Reported for Using Drugs Alone Among Clients of Harm Reduction Sites in B.C. (Dec 2020) Infographic Publication
Known & Unknown Fentanyl Use (Jan 2020)
Acceptability of Technological Solutions for Overdose Monitoring: Perspectives of People Who Use Drugs (Oct 2019) Publication
Correlates of Naloxone Kit Possession Research Summary (Oct 2019) Infographic
Findings from the 2018 B.C. Harm Reduction Client Survey (Dec 2018) Knowledge Update
Urinalysis Toxicology Screening Results (Oct 2018) Infographic
Substance Use Trends in BC: A Survey of Harm Reduction Clients Overall Results for British Columbia: 2015
Why the FUSS (Fentanyl Urine Screen Study)? A Cross-sectional Survey to Characterize an Emerging Threat to People Who Use Drugs in B.C. (Nov 2015)
Research Summary Publication