Ottawa, Victoria Drop $71M For “Innovative Treatment Options For People With Substance Use Disorders”

Judy Darcy, BC Minister for Mental Health & Addictions

Ottawa/Victoria – Judy Darcy, BC Minister for Mental Health & Addictions says it’s money well spent to help young people at risk with substance use disorder. The overdose numbers for illicit drug use continue to rise with the average death toll in BC standing at 4,3 PER DAY. In July alone, 18 deaths were registered in Abbotsford, 16 in Chilliwack and there were others within the Fraser Valley.

From the joint media release on Thursday: The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions in British Columbia, announced a bilateral agreement signed under the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Treatment Fund.

This agreement recognizes the investment of more than $71.7 million— $33.98 million from the Government of Canada, in addition to the province of British Columbia’s contribution of $37.76 million. The funding has been designated to enhance or increase access to quality treatment services for substance use disorder. This includes investments in:

  • youth services provided by Foundry, which offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports; NOTE Foundry has a number of locations in BC and only ONE in the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford).
  • expanding injectable opioid agonist treatment, a treatment for people with severe opioid use disorder;
  • supporting treatment beds;
  • investing in ‘hope’ initiatives, designed to improve local-level capacity to connect individuals with the treatment options appropriate to their unique needs;
  • developing strategies to enhance and improve treatment services;
  • enhancing the treatment services provided by all health authorities; and
  • investing in supportive recovery.

With this agreement, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are working to increase treatment services for people who are seeking help for substance use disorders.

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