Substance Use

Substance Use

VOICE tackles complex issues including alcohol, smoking, and substance use. We team up with other campus groups to educate and converse with student about topics such as harm reduction and safe partying.


The Campus Health Voice Project has been learning about the views of students, staff and faculty about smoking on campus over the last four years. Information gathered through surveys, individual consultations, stakeholder interviews, and small and large group dialogues are summarized in this report. Based on our findings recommendations are provided.
A copy of the full report is available here.

Smoking and UBC Okanagan

The Campus Health Voice Project has been learning about the views of students, staff and faculty about smoking on campus over the last four years.  Information gathered through surveys, individual consultations, stakeholder interviews, and small and large group dialogues are summarized in this report.  Based on our findings recommendations are pr...

Patterns of cannabis and tobacco smoking and vaping at UBC Okanagan

The Campus Health Voice Project team collaborated with UBCO Operations and Risk Management to observe gazebo use patterns following legalization of recreational cannabis. Based on our findings recommendations are provided. A copy of the full report is available here.

Briefing note on smoke-free campuses

Dr. Joan L. Bottorff, Co-Lead Campus Health, and Ms. Tracey Hawthorne, UBCO Wellbeing Specialist, presented this briefing note  on issues and emerging trends related to smoking on campuses across Canada to the UBC Wellbeing Steering Committee on February 9, 2018, and the UBC Executive Committee on May 8, 2018. Read the briefing note here.

Cannabis information for incoming students

The Campus Health Voice team in collaboration with UBCO Student Services provided information about recreational cannabis to incoming UBC students in their CREATE bags. The postcard included Health Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, UBC policies related to the use of recreational cannabis on campus, and resources available to students.

Recreational cannabis at UBCO campus

In this report, the Campus Health Voice Project team describe initiatives they have led over the past 1.5 years to provide opportunities for discussing and sharing information about recreational cannabis, and to gather information about ways to support informed decision making regarding the use of cannabis. Based on learnings from these initiatives...

Patterns of cannabis and tobacco smoking and vaping at UBC Okanagan

The Campus Health Voice Project team collaborated with UBCO Operations and Risk Management to observe gazebo use patterns following legalization of recreational cannabis. Based on our findings recommendations are provided. A copy of the full report is available here.

VOICE Campus Health Project – Curious about Cannabis

On September 12, 2018, Campus Health, in partnership with a 4th year nursing student and two UBCO student volunteers, hosted a booth during the Clubs and Course Union Expo Day. At this booth, students, staff and faculty were invited to voice their opinions on cannabis use on campus by answering a brief needs assessment survey. People […]...

Saving lives: Opioid awareness and naloxone training

Over the past year, the Campus Health Voice team partnered with Students for Healthy Alternative and Risk Prevention (SHARP) and nursing students to provide opioid awareness and naloxone training. Trained SHARP students and the nursing students hosted booths where interested students could drop in and receive opioid and naloxone training. In Januar...

SAVE ME: steps to save a life

The Voice Campus Health team, in partnership with two 4th year UBCO nursing students and one 2nd year UBC medical student, hosted a booth at FROSH. FROSH is a large party event hosed by the UBC Students’ Union. Bracelets and business cards with the SAVE ME acronym were handed out to educate event participants on the steps to […]...

Naloxone training and kits are available at UBCO. Check out our partnership with Health and Wellness

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Vaping – Briefing Note

In response to recent reports of the increases in youth and young adult vaping across Canada, the Campus Health Voice team prepared this briefing note to provide important information about vaping to our campus community. A strategy to address the needs of the UBCO campus related to vaping is under development. Options being considered are […...

Patterns of cannabis and tobacco smoking and vaping at UBC Okanagan

The Campus Health Voice Project team collaborated with UBCO Operations and Risk Management to observe gazebo use patterns following legalization of recreational cannabis. Based on our findings recommendations are provided. A copy of the full report is available here.