Overdose-prevention sites join Insite in extending hours during welfare-check weeks
Overdose-prevention sites in the Downtown Eastside will remain open later than usual this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (April 26 to 28).
The sites—places where people can go to inject drugs under the supervision of workers trained to respond to an overdose—will run with extended hours on those days to coincide with the issuing of monthly welfare cheques.
Last November, a study conducted by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS found that people using drugs in B.C. were 40 percent more likely to experience a fatal overdose during the week of the month when welfare cheques are issued.
Tracis Lupick reports
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