June 12th, 2021

Alberta announces funding for Naloxone kits, detox beds to treat opioid crisis

By The Canadian Press on June 9, 2021.

A Naloxone kit and sanitizer sit ready for volunteers to use as they prepare to head out and distribute aid to homeless people in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EDMONTON – Alberta’s government has announced plans to improve access to overdose reversal kits and to create medical detox beds as opioid-related calls spike in the province.

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jason Luan says the government is providing $1.5 million for nasally administered Naloxone kits as a part of a one-year pilot program in Edmonton.

Luan says officials will also evaluate the impact and benefits of distributing take-home Naloxone kits.

He also announced that the province will open 35 detox beds over the next three years.

That will cost an additional $2.1 million.

Luan says the funding is a part of the province’s effort to transition into a recovery-oriented system to treat its opioid crisis.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2021.

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