First Na­tions in B.C. three times more likely to OD

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Data re­leased by pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials sug­gest First Na­tions peo­ple in Bri­tish Columbia are three time more likely to die of il­licit drug over­doses. It’s the first time the in­for­ma­tion has been re­leased in B.C., but it’s a year old be­cause of var­i­ous steps in­volved in making it pub­lic. The First Na­tions Health Au­thor­ity also says Indige­nous peo­ple are five times more likely than others to ex­pe­ri­ence non-fa­tal over­doses. It says First Na­tions peo­ple are over­rep­re­sented in Bri­tish Columbia’s over­dose cri­sis, which claimed nearly 1,000 peo­ple last year and that trauma, racism and stigma are part of the prob­lem.

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