Dr. Ehsan Jozaghi is a postdoctoral research fellow at University of British Columbia (UBC).

His current work is funded through the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral fellowship. Ehsan has received numerous awards and scholarships during his B.A. (2006-2010), M.A. (2010-2012) and PhD (2012-2015) such as the Canadian Armed Forces Education Reimbursement, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and the Province of British Columbia Graduate Research Fellowship amongst many others.

Ehsan’s previous research during his graduate studies focused on health policy, supervised consumption facilities, drug use and harm reduction. Through his research, Ehsan has advocated for supervised consumption and injection facilities as low barrier cost-effective health care facilities for the most at-risk and vulnerable people. For example, his recent peer-reviewed publication about Baltimore, USA demonstrated a cost-benefit ratio of $4.35 saved for every dollar spent. A similar small facility in San Francisco, USA could save $3.5 millions per year in public health expenditure. While the economic cost of untreated substance use disorders has surpassed cancer and diabetes combined, he has recommended for a paradigm shift to the current legal and social framework that stigmatizes illegal drug addiction as a moral relapse, rather than a legitimate chronic physiological medical condition.

His recent publications have been coauthored with board members or members of the community organizations such as the BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors, the Downtown Eastside Street Market Society, Muslim Food Bank and Community Services, the Overdose Prevention Society, PHS Community Services Society, SARA for women in Abbotsford, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), and the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society. His current work at UBC focuses on improving health care delivery to marginalized groups through evaluation and research. Ehsan remains an active member of the community through his volunteer work while he completes his postdoctoral training at UBC.

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Selected list from 27 peer-reviewed publications:

Irwin, A., Jozaghi, E., Bluthenthal R. N., & Kral, A. H. (2017). Cost-benefit analysis of a potential supervised injection facility in San Francisco. Journal of Drug Issues, 47(2), 164 – 184.

Irwin, A, Jozaghi, E., Weir, B.W., Allen, S.T., Lindsay, A., Sherman, S. G. (2017). Mitigating the heroin crisis in Baltimore, MD, USA: a cost-benefit analysis of a hypothetical supervised injection facility. Harm Reduction Journal, 14(1), 1-14.

Thomson, E., Lampkin, H., Maynard, R., Karamouzian, M., & Jozaghi, E. (2017). The lessons learned from the fentanyl overdose crises in British Columbia, Canada. Addiction, 112, 2066–2070.

Jozaghi, E., & Marsh, S. (2017). Missing the trends in the fentanyl overdose crisis: The need for immediate intervention in small and rural communities. The Canadian Journal of Public Health, 108(4), 457.

Bouchard, M., Hashimi, S., Tsai, K., Lampkin, H., & Jozaghi, E. (2018). Back to the core: A network approach to bolster harm reduction among persons who inject drugs. The International Journal of Drug Policy, 51, 95-104.

Jozaghi, E., & Dadakhah-Chimeh, Z. (2018). A call for action to combat the growing synthetic opioid epidemic: The need for the creation and expansion of addiction and psychiatric nursing programs. The Journal of School Nursing, 34(1), 11-13.

Jozaghi, E. (2018). Book Review: No way out: Precarious living in the shadow of poverty and drug dealing. International Criminal Justice Review, in press.

Jozaghi, E., Maynard, R., Dadakhah-Chimeh, Z., Yake, K., & Blyth, S. (2018). The synthetic opioid epidemic and the need for mental health support for first responders who intervene in overdose cases. The Canadian Journal of Public Health, Accepted.


Dr. Ehsan Jozaghi’s primary research and work revolves around improving the health care delivery to marginalized populations. Ehsan has worked closely with people who have had lived or current experiences of illegal drug use and his research is reflective of this close collaborations. The local members of community organizations and Ehsan aim to examine the implementation of community based participatory research in the realm of social network area to better impact the ways in which overdose fatalities and risk behaviours could be reduced for at risk and vulnerable people.