In the opioid crisis, young queer and trans men are navigating risk reduction on their own

published on May 19, 2020 by Trevor Goodyear and Rod Knight in The Conversation

The opioid overdose crisis has killed over 14,700 Canadians since January 2016. Unfortunately, we don’t know how many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer (LGBTQ+) people’s lives are among those lost, because this information is not collected.

This is of great concern, because we do know that many LGBTQ+ people at risk for overdose are left out of harm reduction efforts, including young cisgender and transgender gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (herein referred to as young queer and trans men).

And because of the distinct social challenges that many young queer and trans men face — like bullying, rejection from family and friends, homophobia and transphobia — their risk for substance use and related harms, including overdose, is much higher

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