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New research shows more people knowingly use fentanyl

New research shows more people knowingly use fentanyl, points to importance of comprehensive response to reduce risks

Fentanyl use by people who use drugs in B.C. has doubled since 2015, and two-thirds of people are aware they’ve taken it, finds new research from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

The findings point to the importance of taking comprehensive measures to reduce the risk for people who take the powerful opioid knowingly or unknowingly. The study is based on 2018 data collected from clients at harm reduction sites across B.C. and was published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. The study provides valuable insights into fentanyl use that will inform efforts to reduce overdoses and deaths in B.C. and beyond.

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