Alcohol and Drug Use Cause 31% of Youth Deaths

March 28, 2007

According to a new study, the deaths of one-third of Canada's youth are caused by alcohol and illicit drugs.  Alcohol is the deadliest substance on a global scale, and is responsible for 90% of substance-related deaths in developed countries.  The study suggests early-intervention and harm reduction approaches to curb the damage.  More than 300,000 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 died worldwide in 2000.  uVic News Release | CTV