Moving 'Welfare Wednesday' to a different day has unintended consequences

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Cheque issue day has long been tied to spikes in overdoses, taxing first responders and emergency rooms. According to the B.C. Coroners Service, fatal overdoses increase by 35 to 40 per cent in the five days after income assistance payments. 

But new research shows that the issue isn't so simple. 

Lindsey Richardson is a researcher with the B.C. Centre on Substance Use and an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. Since 2015, she's been carrying out a study on the effects of changing assistance cheque schedules for people who use drugs.

This study was in part funded by a Wall Solutions Initiative grant from the Peter Wall Insittute.