“Cheque day” linked to increased risk of drug overdoses: Study (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
On that last Wednesday of every month, many people cash their government assistance cheques.
A BC study finds “Cheque day” is linked to an increased risk of drug overdoses in the Downtown Eastside.
Researcher Lindsay Richardson with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS says the study focuses on people using the supervised injection site Insite. They found the risk increases right after people receive their payments.
“We found that on cheque day and the two days following government cheque issue days, the risk of overdose almost doubles. I think it’s worth noting that increased risk is independent of increases in drug use. So, what it is an increase in the rate of overdose per 1,000 injections [at] Insite.”
Joanne Abshire and John Ackermann report