Helping street-involved people butt out leads to cuts in harder drug use, study finds

Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

New study shows that tackling the increased tobacco smoking rates of Ottawa’s most vulnerable residents can lead to reductions in opioid use including fentanyl, and improved quality of life. Dr. Smita Pakhalé, a hospital respirologist and lead author of the study at the Bridge Engagement Centre, a community research office affiliated with The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and University of Ottawa, has published research on the health benefits of addressing increased tobacco smoking rates in Ottawa’s low-income, homeless or at-risk for homelessness substance user population. Read more here:

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