New BC based research could help prevent fatal drug overdoses

Fentanyl pills are shown in a handout photo.
Fentanyl pills are shown in a handout photo.

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.

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