Edmonton’s South Asians struggling with opioid crisis

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Yadwinder Rai a happily married South Asian in Edmonton almost took his family to the cleaners as he fed his drug habit. But fortunately, he got clean.

His wife Roop juggled two jobs while taking her husband to a methadone clinic and ensuring he didn’t use again. That’s why he founded NASHAA a few years ago.

The Edmonton-based National Advocacy of Substance Abuse and Harm Reduction in Adults & Adolescents (NASHAA) is a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness about substance abuse, particularly in the South Asian community.

The group holds seminars in summer schools in the community. And it holds forums on drug awareness facilitated in Punjabi.

The opioid crisis has hit Alberta’s South Asian community rather hard.

Recent data from Edmonton police and Edmonton Fire Rescue services show that 85 per cent of people who died of fentanyl overdoses last year were outside the inner city and a good number of the victims were South Asians. – CINEWS

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