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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Media Release - BC Trends In Alcohol And Drug Use

New report reveals harms caused by substance use

The use of alcohol and illicit drugs is sending more and more people to hospital, according to a new report by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC).

The report, Regional Variations and Trends in Substance Use and Related Harms in BC, also shows that alcohol causes more than twice as many deaths as all major illicit drugs combined, while tobacco causes the most deaths—25 times that caused by illicit drugs. Vancouver Coastal Health has the highest rate of hospital stays caused by illicit drugs and the lowest for alcohol. The situation is reversed, however, for Northern Health.
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