B.C. announces $20M in support for Indigenous communities battling overdoses
B.C. has announced $20 million over three years for First Nations communities struggling with the drug-overdose crisis that’s disproportionately affecting Indigenous communities.
The funding will be administered by the First Nations Health Authority, which delivers services in partnership with First Nations communities. It is part of $322 million announced in last September’s budget update.
About 1,400 people died of illicit drug overdoses in the province last year, according to the B.C. Coroners Service.
Cindy E. Harnett reports
Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy