BC First Nations Health Authority Secures Grant Funding for Research into Opioid Crisis

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Author: 
Chantelle Bellrichard
Source: 
CBC News

In 2017, a report from the BC Coroners Service and the BC First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) found Status First Nations people were five times more likely to experience an opioid overdose, and three times more likely to die from one. As a resutl, the BC FNHA has applied for and received a $2.5 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to identify ways to reduce opioid use in First Nations communities across the province. Throughout the course of this five-year project, researchers from education institutions and health organizations will work with First Nations communities to determine promising practices.

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