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A new study suggests that creating new or more distribution options for welfare cheques will reduce drug overdoses.

The study findings, released in the International Journal of Drug Policy, revealed the risk of drug overdose among injection drug users increased dramatically on and immediately following the days income assistance cheques are distributed in BC—the last Wednesday of each month.

Researchers at the Urban Health Research Initiative for the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, at St. Paul’s Hospital, observed the risk of overdoses among people injecting drugs at InSite, a supervised facility, was more than twice as likely on or immediately after cheques are issued.

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