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First Nations-Overdose

/ 97.3 The Eagle
              First Nations are three times more likely to die of an illicit drug overdose in B-C. Recently released data from B-C’s First Nations Health Authority show that while First Nations people make up only three-point-four per cent of the provincial population, they are involved in 10 per cent of overdose deaths. Preliminary findings reveal 60 First Nations people fatally overdosed between January 2015 and July 2016. That death toll is believed to be even higher because the data don’t cover the period when deaths skyrocketed provincewide, and they exclude people who did not register as status Indians, or those who are Inuit or Metis.

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