Prov­ince ac­cel­er­ates fund­ing for over­dose cri­sis

Times Colonist - - The Capital / Island -

The Bri­tish Columbia gov­ern­ment says it is ac­cel­er­at­ing its re­sponse to the over­dose cri­sis by ex­pand­ing life­sav­ing over­dose preven­tion, treat­ment and sup­port ser­vices.

In a state­ment on Tues­day, Min­is­ter of Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tions Judy Darcy said the il­licit drug sup­ply is more toxic than ever due to the COVID-19 pan­demic.

She said funds for the ac­cel­er­ated re­sponse are part of the $10.5 mil­lion set aside to ad­dress the cri­sis across B.C.

A to­tal of 29 new su­per­vised con­sump­tion or in­hala­tion ser­vices will be opened, while 42 nurses, so­cial work­ers and peer sup­port work­ers will join 14 new or ex­ist­ing out­reach teams.

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