There are a lot of midnight tokers in the land of the midnight sun.
The majority of Inuit men aged under 45 are regular hash smokers, as well as a quarter of older men, according to a story in La Presse, citing a 1997 report from the Nunavik Health Board.
About one-third of women under 45 years old smoke hash, a number that rises to 45 percent among those 20 to 24 years old. For comparison, 7.4 percent of Canadian adults 32.5 percent of Nunavut Inuit adults are hash smokers.
About 16 percent of men aged 20 to 24 and one in 10 adolescents aged 15 to 19 regularly use cocaine in Nunavik, said the report.
Solvent abuse has claimed 10 lives in Nunavik in the past 20 years. Also, about 40 percent of adults are considered heavy drinkers who are “at risk,” compared to 25 percent of Inuit in Nunavut.