Premier Christy Clark has announced the province will provide $10 million to support a British Columbia addiction treatment and training centre. The funding will also support strategies identified under the Joint Task Force on Overdose Prevention.
“Too many families have lost someone they love to addiction or overdose,” Clark said in a statement. “We’re fortunate to be home to some of Canada’s leading addiction recovery experts doing incredible work.”
From the investment, $5 million will be allocated to the new British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) as well as research, health provider education, and clinical health guidance.
The BCCSU will implement a provincial guideline for the treating opioid addiction this fall. The BCCSU will also work with the recovery community in developing education opportunities and referral mechanisms.
“This investment to create the B.C. Centre on Substance Use will save the lives and advance overall public health by improving the quality of addictions care, and the scale at which we are able to provide it,” said Clark.
The other $5 million will be invested in other priority areas such as the distribution of naloxone and naloxone kit training for police and RCMP.