BC funds new addictions research and treatment

VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government is boosting funding for addictions research and treatment in the province, with money directed at testing of a drug that can block the effects of heroin and alcohol.

Health Minister Terry Lake made the announcement in Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital on Wednesday, saying the additional $3-million investment will allow the province to expand addiction-medicine education for health professionals, making it the largest program of its kind in North America.

The funding is in addition to another $3 million that was donated by Goldcorp Inc. in 2012.

Vivian Luk reports

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