[Hpn] Street Kids At Risk

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Wed, 4 Aug 2004 08:21:40 -0400

Aug. 4, 2004

Street kids at risk: Study

Young people living on the streets of large cities have a far greater chance
of dying compared with others their age, say Canadian researchers, who have
identified several risky behaviours that may predict an early death.

Their study of more than 1,000 Montreal "street kids" found that
homelessness, substance abuse and HIV made them 11 times more likely to die,
primarily from suicide or a drug overdose. While other studies have shown
homeless youth have a greater chance of dying, the researchers believe
theirs is the first to identify the predictors of death.

The research followed 1,013 street kids aged 14 to 25, from 1995 to 2000,
said Nancy Haley, co-author of the study published today in the Journal of
the American Medical Association.

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