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

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. That's according to a new study, which singled out young women and those involved with injection drug use to be at the highest risk.

“It's a lot higher than I ever imagined,” said Mary Teegee, who is on the steering committee for the research group with Carrier Sekani Family Services. “It's absolutely heartbreaking.”

The study, published on Monday, comes out of the Cedar Project Partnership — a collaborative research group that follows self-identified Indigenous youth, between 14 and 30 years old, who use illicit drugs in Vancouver and Prince George, B.C.

Chantelle Bellrichard reports

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