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VGH fights overdose crisis

A new overdose emergency response centre will be opening at Vancouver General Hospital as part of the effort fight the province's overdose crisis.

"Every day this overdose crisis is devastating families and communities," Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy said in a statement Friday.

"We are escalating our response, not just to prevent overdose deaths today, but to get at the very heart of the crisis so that no one has to lose another loved one.
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10 full-time and part-time members will work on four main objectives. Including identifying and supporting people at risk of overdose, addressing the unsafe drug supply by improving access to drug-checking and substitution treatments and expanding community-based harm reduction services.

The centre will also work to increase the availability of naloxone at the community level.

-With Files from CTV Vancouver



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