BC funds new addictions research and treatment

published on August 6, 2014 by Vivian Luk in The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government is boosting funding for addictions research and treatment in the province, with money directed at testing of a drug that can block the effects of heroin and alcohol.

Health Minister Terry Lake made the announcement in Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital on Wednesday, saying the additional $3-million investment will allow the province to expand addiction-medicine education for health professionals, making it the largest program of its kind in North America.

The funding is in addition to another $3 million that was donated by Goldcorp Inc. in 2012.

Half of the new funds will go towards training addiction care providers across the province, while the other half will fund clinical trials and a new medicine program that will focus on early intervention, Stephanie Lakeaid.

Vivian Luk
The Canadian Press
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