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Dr. Aamir Bharmal,
Medical Health Officer - Fraser Health Authority


Session Synopsis:

In April 2016, the Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia declared the overdose crisis a public health emergency. Since the emergency was declared, over 4,000 British Columbians have died from an illegal drug overdose. A number of reports have shown that those who were employed in construction have been disproportionately impacted by overdose.

This session will review:

  • Who is impacted by the overdose crisis
  • Why are those working in construction disproportionately impacted
  • What are the signs of an overdose
  • What are overdose-related supports available
  • What can worksites do to prevent overdose and overdose-related harms

Biography:

Dr. Aamir Bharmal is Medical Health Officer for Burnaby and New Westminster, Fraser Health Medical Director for Communicable Disease and Harm Reduction, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Through these roles, Aamir looks for opportunities to promote those things that keep us healthy (e.g., mental wellness, active transportation) while protecting communities against those things that make us sick (e.g., infectious diseases, tobacco).

Prior to his public health training, Aamir practiced rural medicine at Ontario’s most remote hospital in Moose Factory, Ontario, providing care to 6 Cree communities along the coast of James Bay.

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