British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BC-CDC)


A project led by Prof Stuart Kinner received funding through Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) Population Health Theme Funding 2019 to support a collaboration with researchers from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BC-CDC). This project supported targeted analysis of globally unique, multi-sectoral linked data in BC to identify modifiable risk factors for fatal and nonfatal overdose in young people.

The research team includes Prof Stuart Kinner, Dr Jesse Young and Claire Keen from the Justice Health Unit and Dr Amanda Slaunwhite, Ms ChloƩ Xavier and Dr Wenqi Gan from the BC-CDC.

The findings, contained in the publications cited below, have the potential to inform prevention efforts in Australia, and will lay the groundwork for subsequent research to undertake a similar multisectoral data linkage study in Australia.

  1. Keen C, Kinner SA, Young JT, Jang K, Gan W, Samji H, Zhao B, Krausz M, Slaunwhite A. Prevalence of co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder and association with overdose: a linked data cohort study among residents of British Columbia, Canada. Addiction. 2022 Jan;117(1):129-140. doi: 10.1111/add.15580. Epub 2021 Jun 6. Full text
  2. Kinner SA, Gan W & Slaunwhite A (2021). Fatal overdoses after release from prison in British Columbia: a retrospective data linkage study. CMAJ Open, 9(3):E907-e14. Full text
  3. Keen C, Kinner SA, Young JT, Snow K, Xavier C, Zhao B, Gan W & Slaunwhite AK (2021). Periods of altered risk for non-fatal overdose: a self-controlled case series. The Lancet Public Health, 6(4), 249-259. Full text
  4. Gan W, Kinner SA, Nicholls TL, Xavier C, Urbanoski K, Greiner L, Buxton JA, Martin RE, McLeod KE, Samji H, Nolan S, Meilleur L, Desai R, Sabeti S & Slaunwhite A (2021). Risk of overdose-related death for people with a history of incarceration. Addiction, 116(6), 1460-1471. Abstract