Social assistance study aims to reduce overdose rate
September 24, 2014 | CBC News

Are there better, more helpful ways to distribute income assistance? A new study hopes to find out A new pilot project set to launch on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside will try distributing welfare and other social assistance cheques in smaller instalments to see if it will help the recipients b...

Overdose risk twice as high on welfare day: Study
September 24, 2014 | Metro News

Recipients of income assistance who use drugs are more than two times more at risk of overdose on cheque day, according to a new study. The Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI) at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS published its latest findings in The International Journal of Drug Policy af...

Cheque day’ linked to drug overdose risk in BC: Study
September 24, 2014 | CTV News

Injection drug users are much more likely to overdose around the day government assistance cheques are issued in British Columbia, according to new research published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. After studying drug use and overdose data collected at Insite, Vancouver Coastal Health&...

Cheque day’ linked to increased risk of drug overdoses: Study
September 24, 2014 | News 1130

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – 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 Excellen...

Study to evaluate effect of welfare cheque distribution on drug use
September 23, 2014 | The Vancouver Sun

“Welfare Wednesday” phenomenon puts heavy load on police and emergency services A new study will examine whether changing the release date of welfare cheques could reduce the increase in drug use and overdoses seen on the last Wednesday of the month. “There is a cyclical peak every...

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