The opioid crisis has been exacerbated by the pandemic, with overdose deaths creating a worsening crisis in our community. A federal/provincial pilot project announced yesterday will help by providing alternatives to the dangerous street drugs at the root of suffering. In Victoria, $4 million has been allotted for a medically validated supply for people with addictions.
"This medication option will provide a life-saving alternative to the contaminated drug supply that is driving our drug poisoning crisis," Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer for Island Health said in a news release. "The recent increase in overdose deaths in communities within Island Health shows a clear need for better access to a safer drug supply."
This crisis affects all corners of society, and we know safe communities are fundamental for all of us to be able to function well at work and at home.