A quarter of deaths among young adults in Canada were opioid related in 2021

Premature deaths related to opioids in Canada doubled between 2019 and 2021, with more than one-in-four deaths among young adults aged 20–39 years, according to new research lead by Dr. Tara Gomes. She spoke with Hospital News about the findings and calls for targeted harm reduction policy. “Without adequate investments in widespread, accessible treatment and harm-reduction programs, and broader social supports like housing, these preventable deaths are having devastating effects on communities across the country,” says Dr. Gomes.

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