People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study
published on January 24, 2020 in CTV News - Vancouver Island
VANCOUVER — A study suggests illicit drug users in British Columbia are knowingly using the potentially deadly opioid fentanyl so making them aware of its presence in the drug supply isn’t enough.
The study by the BC Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia calls for policy changes to reduce the risk of harm for people who know or don’t know they’re take the powerful opioid.
The study published this week in the International Journal of Drug Policy is based on a 2018 survey of 303 people who accessed services at 27 harm-reduction sites.
It says 60 per cent of participants had fentanyl in their urine and of those, 64 per cent knew they had used fentanyl, double the number from a similar study in 2015…View the full article