Opioids in high schools on the rise

Posted January 12, 2018 4:22 am by Editor

Opioids in high schools on the rise

Ontario teens are drinking and smoking less than previous generations, but a survey shows another dangerous substance is quickly raising alarm bells: fentanyl.A recent survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) revealed that while the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana dropped in 2017, one per cent of high school students in Ontario admitted to using fentanyl in the past year. It’s the first time CAMH has included fentanyl and opioids in its annual survey, which comes as the number of reported deaths in Canada from opioid-related overdoses in 2017 is estimated at more than 4,000.

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