The B.C. government has announced an $8-million donation for the B.C. Centre on Substance Abuse.
Funding will be broken down into $5-million endowments from the province, nearly $2-million in ongoing funding and a $1-million private donation through St. Paul’s Foundation.
Health Minister Terry Lake says this will help continue the work the BCCSU has already begun.
“This additional funding will help boost our efforts in responding to the overdose crisis but also set a course for best practice over the long term and for all addictions.”
Dr. Evan Wood, the new head of BCCSU says the centre focuses on a wide range of areas regarding addiction including education and training, research and evaluation.
“Through collaboration, we will demonstrate how effective a provincial response can be when science and best evidence are integrated into care.”
NDP Health spokesperson for mental health and addictions, Selina Robinson says despite Tuesday’s announcement, help from Christy Clark’s government has not come soon enough.
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“After years of ignoring addictions, it’s unfortunate that it’s taken a crisis like this, thousands of deaths in order for Christy Clark to pay attention.”
Robinson says we still have treatment centres in B.C. that aren’t regulated and no professional standards.
In addition to funding, a new clinical guideline for opioid prescribers has been created.
The guideline will replace the existing guideline developed by the College of Physicians of Surgeons of BC.
It will come into effect on June 5, 2017.
With files from Jeremy Lye