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SFU experts on overdose deaths in B.C.

June 12, 2020

Ian Bryce, Communications and Marketing, 236.880.2187,

The province has reported the highest number of fatal illicit drug overdoses in a single month, with 170 lives lost in May. The following SFU experts are available to speak on substance use and public health.

Kanna Hayashi, health sciences,

  • Epidemiology, community-based research, public health and human rights, substance use, health services for drug-using populations

Benedikt Fischer, health sciences,

  • Substance use, addiction, prescription drugs, marginalized populations, criminal justice, public/urban health, policy

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