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Substance Use in Surrey

Substance Use in Surrey

KPU Surrey
Surrey Cedar Boardroom 2110


February 13, 2017 – Tuesday, 12:00-1:00pm, Michael Ma, Department of Criminology

"Substance Use in Surrey"

The BC Coroners Service has reported over 400 overdose deaths in the first four months of 2017. The province is now on track to surpass the 922 overdose deaths of 2016. This is a staggering number of overdose deaths that has garnered much local and national attention. The presence of fentenayl and carfentenayl –newer synthetic opiods-- has also been wildly reported as being the cause of much of these overdoses as they are rapidly introduced into the illicit drug market. However, in the context of current research on substance use in BC, the main academic focus remains on the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. Although most overdoses took place in Vancouver, Surrey, and Victoria, which saw overdose death increases of 60%, 42%, and 267% respectively, the main research focus remains Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside (BC Coroners Service 2017). Little has been published on the patterns of use in Surrey or Victoria. Although it has been reported that fentenayl/carfentenayl is the culprit we know very little of its patterns of use in Surrey, BC. This research talk provides preliminary results of a survey designed to understand the patterns of substance use and some of the effects of the adoption of harm reduction strategies in Surrey. This research project expands the empirical knowledge of the patterns of illicit drug use in Surrey and helps shed much needed light on the neglected area of Surrey, BC.

America/Vancouver Substance Use in Surrey February 13, 2017 – Tuesday, 12:00-1:00pm, Michael Ma, Department of Criminology Surrey Cedar Boardroom 2110 KPU Surrey