The British Columbia Drug Overdose and Alert Partnership: Interpreting and sharing timely illicit drug information to reduce harms

[LEPH2018]

  • Jane A Buxton University of British Columbia http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2295-393X
  • Bill Spearn Vancouver Police Department
  • Ashraf Amlani British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Margot Kuo British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Mark Lysyshyn University of British Columbia
  • Sara Young British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Roy Purssell British Columbia Drug and Poison Information Centre
  • Kristi Papamihali British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Christopher Mill British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Aaron Shapiro University of British Columbia
  • on behalf of the B.C. Drug Overdose and Alert Partnership

Abstract

Illicit drug overdose is a public health issue that leads to significant morbidity and mortality. In order to reduce the harm associated with substance use, emergent issues related to substances and substance use must be addressed in a timely manner, which requires inter-sectoral collaboration. We describe the British Columbia Drug Overdose and Alert Partnership, an innovative collaborative model of stakeholders who work in prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement related to psychoactive substance use. We describe the formation, purpose, stakeholders, and operation of the partnership and resultant public health surveillance system. We use the example of fentanyl-associated overdoses and deaths to describe the attributes that make the system effective. These include timeliness, flexibility, acceptability and costs. This model of inter-sectoral collaboration and surveillance can be applied to other organizations involved in assessing and responding to drug-related harms.

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Author Biography

Jane A Buxton, University of British Columbia
Professor and Director MPH Practicum,UBC, School of Population and Public HealthPhysician Epidemiologist, Harm reduction lead, BCCDC
Published
2019-04-30
How to Cite
Buxton, J. A., Spearn, B., Amlani, A., Kuo, M., Lysyshyn, M., Young, S., Purssell, R., Papamihali, K., Mill, C., Shapiro, A., & B.C. Drug Overdose and Alert Partnership, on behalf of the. (2019). The British Columbia Drug Overdose and Alert Partnership: Interpreting and sharing timely illicit drug information to reduce harms: [LEPH2018]. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 4(1), 4-9. https://doi.org/10.35502/jcswb.92
Section
Original Research