CARMHA Research Seminars - The contaminated illicit drug supply: drug overdose risks associated with known and unknown exposure to fentanyl among people who inject drugs in Vancouver

by Dr. Kanna Hayashi

June 06, 2019

Event Type

CARMHA Research Seminar

Date

June 06, 2019 at 12:00-1:00pm

Location

SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1500

Illicitly-manufactured fentanyl continues to contaminate the illicit drug markets and fuel the opioid overdose crisis in North America. However, little is known about the extent to which individuals knowingly consume fentanyl. Therefore, the present study compared self-reported exposure to fentanyl among a sample of 592 people who inject drugs (PWID) in Vancouver with results obtained via a urine drug screen (UDS) that detects recent fentanyl exposure. Multivariable logistic regression was used to identify demographic, behavioral and social-structural factors associated with known exposure (i.e., UDS positive for fentanyl and self-reporting fentanyl exposure in the past 3 days) and unknown exposure to fentanyl (i.e., UDS positive for fentanyl and self-reporting no fentanyl exposure in the past 3 days), respectively, compared against no fentanyl exposure. Preliminary results and the potential implications will be presented.

Kanna is the St. Paul’s Hospital Chair in Substance Use Research, and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, and a Research Scientist with the BC Centre on Substance Use.

  • The presentation will be webcasted (link TBC)
  • The presentation is open to the SFU and broader research community.
  • A light lunch will be available. 
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