Opioid overdoses in Indigenous communities increased sharply during pandemic: reports – CBC

Dec 06, 2021

Ontario regional chief from the Chiefs of Ontario says opioid-related deaths increased 132% during COVID

A pair of new reports show that opioid-related deaths among First Nations people in the province increased 132 per cent during the COVID-19 pandemic, and an Ontario regional chief says governments need to work with Indigenous communities to help fix the problem.

The studies from the Chiefs of Ontario and the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network show a 68 per cent increase in opioid-related deaths among non-Indigenous people during the pandemic, but a much higher proportion of fatalities among Indigenous people.

In the first year of the pandemic, one of the reports says, there was a 132 per cent increase in deaths related to opioid poisoning among Indigenous people. Of those, 87 per cent were fentanyl-related, while cocaine contributed to two of every four deaths and methamphetamines contributed to one-third.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/first-nations-opioids-pandemic-1.6274614

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