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Statistics

 

First Nations communities participating in a national survey between 2008 and 2010 reported that alcohol and drug abuse were the number one challenge for community well-ness faced by on-reserve communities (82.6% of respondents), followed by housing (70.7%) and employment (65.9%) (Health Canada, 2011)

First Nations, Inuit and Metis

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

 

Some 18.4% of Inuit youths aged 12–17, 11% of Aboriginal youths and 8.8% of Metis youths living in urban Canada — as compared with 5.6% of non-Aboriginal youths — self-report abuse of prescription drugs including sedatives, stimulants and pain relievers... (2012)

Prescription drug abuse rising among aboriginal youths

CMAJ/JAMC, Paul Christopher Webster

 

The recently released First Nations Regional Health Survey 2008/10 indicated that the use of sedatives/sleeping pills among First Nations youth almost tripled from 0.8% in 2003 to 2.2% in 2010 but the survey did not track the use of prescription opioids. (2012)

Prescription drug abuse rising among aboriginal youths

CMAJ/JAMC, Paul Christopher Webster

 

American Indians and Alaska Natives born today have a life expectancy that is 5.5 years less than the U.S. all races population (73.0 years to 78.5 years, respectively). (2018)

Disparities

Indian Health Services