Study to look at ‘Welfare Wednesday’ and injection drug use (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new study will look at whether changing the timing of when welfare cheques are issued will affect drug overdoses among recipients who use intravenous drugs.

BC issues welfare cheques on the last Wednesday of the month.

In the study called Timing of income assistance payments and overdoes patterns at a Canadian supervised injection facility, it says “it has been suggested that a sudden increase in cash may act as a conditioned cue for drug consumption.”

The study was published by the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Amy Judd reports

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