New research done in B.C. could lead to solutions in preventing more fatal drug overdoses.
Doctors at the Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS found simple, routine medical screening could help identify those most at risk from dying from a drug overdose.
They followed 2,300 drug users on the Downtown Eastside, trying to determine what would predict a fatal overdose.
They found those who survived one or more overdoses were more likely to later die from a fatal overdose.
Their findings come on the heels of B.C. becoming the first province to declare a public health emergency over the explosion of fatal overdoses.