The BC Provincial Overdose Cohort

The Call for Proposals to access the Provincial Overdose Cohort is currently closed. Please check in 2022 for the next call.

Data source: Various

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Date range:

Cases start from January 1, 2015 and end on December 31st, 2019


The Provincial Overdose Cohort includes people who have experienced a fatal or non-fatal overdose in BC since January 2015. De-identified data from the following sources is available:

  • Medical Service Plan (MSP) billings
  • Discharge Abstract Database (DAD)
  • PharmaNet
  • National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS)
  • Client Registry (demographic information)
  • BC Emergency Health Services (BC EHS)
  • BC Coroner’s Service (BCCS)
  • Drug and Poison Information Centre (DPIC)
  • Chronic Disease Registry
  • Mental Health Data Warehouse (MHDW) 
  • Vital Statistics Deaths
  • Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR) Data 

A reference population is available for analysis as well.

The 2019 Cohort includes overdose cases from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2019, with health-related data starting on January 1, 2010 (starting on April 1, 2011 for NACRS).

More information about the Cohort can be found by downloading this PowerPoint presentation or by visiting:


People who have experienced at least one fatal or non-fatal overdose episode in BC since January 2015.
Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website for more information on exclusions.
Important additional information
Linkage to other data sets is NOT allowed.
Data availability

Please note that this data is only available for request during an open Call for Proposal. Check whether there is an open Call at the top of this page.  

DARs/Projects snapshot

Total number of DARs/Projects currently with PopData:


The breakdown:

DARs in preparation/review


Projects with amendments in preparation/review


DARs in post-approval


Projects with data being prepared


Projects being maintained
(inc. 10 DASH & 13 DI Program projects)


CaraSpace projects


Last revised November 30th, 2023

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