The BC Coroners Service has released a new report finding kids aged 13 to 18 years old who died from drug overdoses did so in the company of others.
In contrast, young adults between the ages of 19 to 23 died alone.
Why is age making a difference? The coroner’s child death review panel chair, Michael Egilson, says no one has an explanation so far.
“It may be more likely that as a youth that you’re more likely to living in a family situation.”
The panel did find that recognizing the signs of an overdose and seeking medical treatment played a big role in saving lives.