The Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC), part of the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, works in close partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to provide provincial coordination of surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation related to the overdose emergency. This provincial surveillance report provides current data on key overdose-related indicators.
The OERC facilitates planning at the provincial, regional and local levels, structured upon a set of eight core interventions
that capitalize on evidence-informed strategies. Together, these strategies form an integrated, comprehensive response to the overdose crisis.
The indicators contained in this report measure progress on these interventions across the province, and can be viewed at the provincial or regional health authority level, broken down by age and sex where possible. This report is updated monthly using the most up to date data available on each indicator. The interpretive text is updated quarterly.
Last updated : September 17, 2021
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Overdose in BC during COVID-19
The overdose public health emergency, declared on April 14, 2016, has claimed the lives of almost 7,000 British Columbians. Since the declaration of the COVID-19 public health emergency on March 17, 2020, the rate of overdose events and illicit drug toxicity deaths have increased and surpassed historic highs. Click to open the full infographic.
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