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Indigenous youth who use drugs in B.C. dying at an alarming rate, study finds

Overdose Awareness Day 20170831
Two men hold hands as people form a circle during a memorial service to remember those who have died in the province as a result of the drug overdose crisis, on International Overdose Awareness Day in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday August 31, 2017. According to the B.C. Coroners’ Service, up to the end of June, 780 people have died after overdosing on illicit drugs in the province.

Indigenous youth who use drugs in B.C. are 13 times more likely to die than all other youth in the same age group across the country. Study singled out young women and those involved with injection drug use to be at the highest risk.

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