Indigenous people far more likely to die from opioid overdose: experts – larongeNOW

VANCOUVER — Stacity Bailie had been awaiting approval to enter a drug rehabilitation program when she died of an overdose on Oct. 22.

She hadn’t been using illicit opioids for long, said her father, Gary Bailie, but the 27-year-old struggled with an alcohol addiction for more than a decade.

“She had such great potential, as do all of these young people who are dying from overdoses.”

Stacity was a member of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation in Whitehorse and is part of an increase of Indigenous overdose deaths in Canada during the pandemic.

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