When: Thursday January 28th at 10am PST

Hosted by Samantha Pawer, BSc

Abstract: Poisoning is an extremely concerning public health issue in British Columbia (BC). Most prominently, opioid-related overdoses have been remarkably high in recent years, prompting the Provincial Health Officer to declare a public health emergency in 2016. Beyond poisoning events involving opioids, work has been undertaken to explore epidemiological trends for all causes of poisoning in BC, and to assess poisoning rates among British Columbians by sociodemographic characteristics. This webinar will discuss these findings in the context of previous research conducted in BC and Canada, as well as highlight key areas of focus for poisoning prevention strategies moving forward.

Bio: Samantha Pawer joined the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit as a research assistant in 2019, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia. She is involved with research projects on various topics, including sport-related concussions among youth, injury indicator specification, work-related injuries among female firefighters, and poisonings.

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