Front line workers are relieved to hear the Federal and Provincial government’s announcement that $75 Million is being invested to fight the overdose crisis.
Vancouver Fire Fighters Local 18 Vice-President Dustin Bourdeau says he’s encouraged by the funding announcement to fight the overdose crisis.
He says more support is needed for mental health.
“At the end of the day mental health support and addictions treatment are what really need to happen to assist with all the people that are unfortunately trapped in the cycle of drug use and getting caught up with all the fentanyl and canfentanil.”
Bourdeau says there is a lack of boots on the ground in regards to workers, especially in the downtown east side.
“In our department, we’ve taken some, done some initiatives to help transfer people in and out of that specific area within a year to try and curb burnout, but unfortunately when you’re that busy seeing what you’re seeing, burnout happens really quick.”
Last year, 914 people died from drug overdoses in the province.
The province will also be investing $5 Million to the Joint Task Force on Overdose Response