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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New CARBC Bulletin - Regional Variations and Trends in Substance Use & Related Harm in BC

Understanding regional variations and trends in drug use and related harms is an essential component of understanding alcohol and drug problems in BC and targeting resources to be of greatest benefit.

This bulletin will outline emerging trends and regional variations by health authority in BC using information collected through The BC Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Monitoring Project. The AOD project draws from a range of complementary data sources in a comprehensive approach to epidemiological monitoring of alcohol and other drugs use and related harms in BC, including: high-risk population surveys, seized drug analysis, alcohol sales records, and death and hospitalization records.

From this information, it is becoming increasingly apparent that use of alcohol and other drugs is characterized by marked regional variation and, in many cases, increasing trends. Furthermore, there are a substantial number of deaths and hospitalizations in BC that can be directly attributed to alcohol and other drugs

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