B.C. funding rapid-access treatment, public safety to address overdose crisis (Dr. Evan Wood)

 People on the front lines of British Columbia’s opioid overdose crisis are applauding the government’s announcement of more funding in an attempt to stem the death toll.

Premier John Horgan announced Friday the province will spend more than $31 million over the next three years to increase access to treatment programs, offer more free kits of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, help front-line workers and empower communities to keep people safe.

Dr. Evan Wood, director of the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, said expanding access to treatment is key to addressing the crisis. He wants to see a scenario where people get help when they ask for it.

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