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...

Life lessons: Evan Wood
August 19, 2014 | Business in Vancouver

Evan Wood, an addictions and HIV-AIDS expert, is a professor of medicine at theUniversity of British Columbiaand co-director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Wood has spent his career in two intense areas: the highly competitive world of scientific...

BC funds new addictions research and treatment
August 06, 2014 | The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government is boosting funding for addictions research and treatment in the province, with money directed at testing of a drug that can block the effects of heroin and alcohol. Health Minister Terry Lake made the announcement in Vancouver’s St. Paul’...

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