Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 109, Issue 2, pp 231–232 | Cite as

The synthetic opioid epidemic and the need for mental health support for first responders who intervene in overdose cases

  • Ehsan JozaghiEmail author
  • Russ Maynard
  • Zahra Dadakhah-Chimeh
  • Kevin Yake
  • Sarah Blyth
Special Section on Substance Use: Letter to the Editor



We would like to thank Caimen Yen for the editorial assistance on this letter. In addition, we would like to thank the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users’(VANDU) board members who read the earlier draft of this manuscript and appointed an author to work with us on this letter.

Funding information

The contribution by EJ was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship (201511MFE-358449-223266).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The BC Centre for Disease ControlVancouverCanada
  2. 2.The School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.PHS Community Services SocietyVancouverCanada
  4. 4.Faculty of Health Sciences, The Psychiatrist Nursing ProgramDouglas CollegeCoquitlamCanada
  5. 5.Vancouver Area Network of Drug UsersVancouverCanada
  6. 6.The Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction SocietyVancouverCanada
  7. 7.Overdose Prevention SocietyVancouverCanada
  8. 8.Downtown Eastside Street Market SocietyVancouverCanada

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