UPDATED: More than 130 people in B.C. died of illicit drug overdoses in July
published on August 22, 2018 by Ashley Wadhwani in The Ashcroft-cache Creek Journal
There were 134 overdose deaths due to illicit drug overdoses in July, as the latest data from the BC Coroners Service show how volatile the opioid crisis can be.
The deaths mark a 12-per-cent increase over the same month last year, and a 25-per-cent uptick from June. It equates to four deaths per day.
The highest numbers of deaths – about 35 – were recorded in July’s income assistance week.
Since 2009, 40 per cent more people have died on what many call Welfare Wednesday and the days that follow, B.C. Centre for Substance Use research scientist Lindsey Richardson told Black Press Media.
“What we know is that when people have more money, they spend more, and that’s for everyone,” she said.
Richardson, who’s also an associate sociology professor at UBC, has been conducting a study on what would happen if the province were to split the one income assistant cheque into two every month, or not making the payments one universal day province-wide.
“One of the things unique to substance use is that while there is an individual effect everyone has when they get paid, there’s also a social effect. Substance use often has social cues that prompt people to use more than they otherwise would.”View the full article