Province accelerates funding for overdose crisis
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.