Federal government announces program to fight opioid poisoning in Edmonton | Globalnews.ca

The federal authorities will spend greater than $1 million to combat opioid poisoning in Edmonton.

Carolyn Bennett, minister of psychological well being and addictions and Edmonton MP and Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault have introduced funding for an outreach program to supply overdose response coaching and trauma help at a group stage.

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This system, based mostly on the metropolis’s Royal Alexandra Hospital, can even direct at-risk folks to assets on therapy and restoration.

In a launch, the federal government says this system will help these disproportionately affected by substance use.

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“This tragic lack of life is taking a heavy toll on buddies, households, and communities in Alberta and throughout the nation,” Bennett mentioned in a launch.

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“At present’s funding will assist individuals who use substances in Edmonton obtain the culturally protected and trauma knowledgeable well being providers and helps they want.”

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Final yr, 1,618 folks died attributable to opioid overdose-related deaths in Alberta, the deadliest yr on file. In 2020, drug poisoning killed 456 Edmontonians.

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