BC alcohol and other drug (AOD) monitoring project

The BC alcohol and other drug (AOD) monitoring project consists of 10 different research components each collecting and analysing data from different sources. Together they form a picture of risky substance use and associated harms in British Columbia. The research findings and reports, as well as other information related to the various components, can be accessed through pages dedicated to each component (listed on the right).

Upon request, information from the various research components can be put together and organized to create regional profiles that will assist policy-makers within the regions to identify and address unique issues facing their communities.

Funding bodies in 2013/2014: BC Mental Health Foundation, BC Provincial Health Services Authority and the BC Ministry of Health

Progress to date: Data on rates of hospital admissions and deaths from alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs are reported on the project website for BC’s 89 local health areas, 16 health service delivery areas and 5 health authorities. Data on per capita sales of alcohol are similarly reported across the province.

More than 4,500 interviews have been completed since 2008 on high-risk populations of substance users in Victoria and Vancouver to monitor patterns of use, related harms and use of harm reduction services. Numerous journal articles, in-house statistical bulletins and reports have been prepared and disseminated. Datasets have been made available to faculty and graduate students at UVic as well as other post-secondary institutions.

Project findings

See Facts & stats

  • Alcohol consumption
  • BC crime statistics
  • General populations surveys (CADUMS)
  • Emergency departments
  • High-risk populations
  • Hospitalizations and deaths
  • Police drug seizures
  • School surveys
  • Substance use services
  • Vancouver Police data

Researchers