Self-Report Substance Use in the 6 Hours Previous to Illness or Injury, Vancouver and Victoria

Nearly one quarter of people attending the emergency room on a late weekend night in Vancouver in 2011 reported having used alcohol in the six hours previous to the onset of their illness or injury (Fig. 1). Just under 20% reported tobacco use in that same time, six percent reported cannabis use, around five percent reported using other illicit drugs and about 13% reported using pharmaceuticals (either prescribed or not) in the six hours previous to the onset of their illness or injury.

Just over 30% of people attending the emergency room on a late weekend night in Victoria in 2011 reported having used alcohol in the six hours previous to the onset of their illness or injury (Fig. 2). Close to 20% reported tobacco use in that same time period, just under 10% reported cannabis use, nearly one quarter reported using pharmaceuticals (either prescribed or not) and no one reported using other illicit drugs and in the 6 hours previous to the onset of their illness or injury.

Over the four waves of data collection in Vancouver, self-reports of alcohol and tobacco were highest over the study period followed by reported use of pharmaceuticals. Self-reported cannabis and illicit drug use were the two lowest overall between 2008 and 2011.

In Victoria, self-reports of alcohol were the highest over the study period between 2008 and 2011, followed by tobacco, pharmaceuticals, cannabis and illicit drugs.

For more detailed information on all of the graphs, please see the link to the data table below.


Data Table(s)