Speaking at UBCM, Premier Christy Clark has announced a dedicated addiction centre is coming to the province.
She says they’re adding $10 million in funding to fight the fentanyl crisis, with half of the funds going to the centre and half towards a joint task force on overdose prevention.
Clark says B.C. needs to stem the epidemic happening on the streets.
“This will include a $10 million investment: $5 million for the inaugural B.C. centre on substance use, the very first of it’s kind in Canada … The other $5 million is going to be going to the budget for the task force to help them continue their vital work, making sure they’re making naloxone more available, and increasing our testing capabilities.”
Clark says too many families have already lost someone to overdose and that further action needs to be taken.
“We’re fortunate to be home to some of Canada’s leading addiction and recovery experts doing incredible work. This funding will help them continue to identify and develop leading and innovative practices, and prevent more families from enduring the worst possible news.”
Clark says the crisis needs to be dealt with.
“Every single one of these deaths is not jsut tragic, it’s absolutely preventable, and we must stem this epidemic on our streets. We must protect our children.”
However, Clark didn’t mention anything on new treatment beds or supports, a sharp criticism from the opposition in the wake of the fentanyl crisis.
Clark also announced nearly $150 million towards a new clean water and wastewater fund for municipalities.