The Provincial Health Officer says the record number of calls B.C. paramedics responded to earlier this week is likely due to a “party effect.”
Dr. Perry Kendall says research is taking place looking into whether spreading out welfare cheques throughout the month would help first responders following a record-setting Wednesday.
“We don’t really know the answers to that. I think intuitively we suspect that there is a party effect and that if the cheques were spread out, that the numbers would be lower, but we don’t know that.”
Kendall adds the benefit to having welfare Wednesday is that teams can pool their services in anticipation of a busy day.
Paramedics responded to 130 overdoses across the province on Wednesday a new record for B.C.