Welcome to the AOD Monitoring Project

The BC Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Monitoring Project consists of ten 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.

Project News

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
General Population Surveys (CADUMS):According to data from the Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey, patterns of substance use that are associated with increased risks and harms have been decreasing in BC since 2008

Wednesday August 7, 2013
High Risk Populations: Alcohol and marijuana remain the most commonly used substances among street involved youth, street involved adults and adults who use drugs recreationally in Victoria. Since 2012, cocaine use has been increasing among street youth and recreational adults in Victoria. For street adults in Victoria, heroin and crystal meth use has been increasing in this group since 2012.

Friday July 5, 2013
Hospitalizations and Deaths:Medical conditions attributable to tobacco were the primary contributor to substance related hospitalizations and deaths in BC in 2011 followed by alcohol and tobacco. 

Friday, December 14, 2012
Alcohol Consumption: There has been a small reduction in alcohol consumption across the province in 2011 with the exception of North Health Authority where there has been a very small increase. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
BC Crime Stats: On average, Northern BC and the Lower Mainland showed the highest rates of non-cannabis drug offences and property crime in BC between 2008 and 2010.

Wednesday, July 5, 2012
High Risk Populations: The prevalence of needle and crack pipe sharing is significantly higher in Victoria than Vancouver according to latest figures. Ecstasy use is highest within the club cohort, crack use is highest among the street involved adult cohort and marijuana is most prevalent among the street involved youth.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
CARBC Bulletin 8: Overdose Events in British Columbia: Trends in Substances Involved, Contexts and Responses

Do you use Recreational or Club Drugs?

You may be eligible to participate in a study if you:

  • are 19 years of age or older
  • have used recreational drugs monthly or more often in the past 6 months

The study consists of a one-time, confidential and anonymous interview of about 60 minutes, and you will be compensated for your time.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us

For Victoria call or text: (250) 208-5308 email: vicstudy@uvic.ca

The study is being conducted by researchers from Vancouver Coastal Health and the Centre for Addictions Research of BC and has been approved by the UBC and UVic Research Ethics Boards.