Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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PR03 - (Alta-Indigenous-Opioids)

EDMONTON. x-08s. The rising number of opioid overdoses in Alberta is having a disproportionately greater effect on Indigenous people, including more deaths and visits to emergency rooms. Alberta Health says Indigenous people have been dying from accidental opioid overdoses at a rate three times higher than non-Aboriginal people. Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says the findings show more needs to be done to help Indigenous people deal with the opioid crisis.

("...serious issue.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: The report says 87 Indigenous people died in Alberta from opioids, including fentanyl, in 2016 and in the first three months of this year. That compares with 614 deaths among non-Aboriginal people during the same period. Indigenous people make up about six per cent of Alberta's population. …

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