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Feds dole out millions for harm-reduction projects amid opioid overdose uptick

By Mike Lapointe      

3,351 people in Canada died from an opioid-related overdose between April 2020 and September 2020, according to the Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu, pictured in Ottawa, joined Toronto Mayor John Tory on April 14 for an announcement of more than $7.7-million for three projects to increase access to a safer supply of drugs, and provide a new harm reduction and treatment option for people living with opioid use disorder in Toronto. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Following a dramatic increase in opioid-related overdoses and deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government recently announced tens of millions of dollars for projects to increase the safe supply of drugs and support drug treatment in both British Columbia and Ontario.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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