Health care providers across the province will be getting additional support to help with the opioid crisis.
The provincial government announced on Friday that they will be allocating $9.5 million over three years to help equip doctors, nurse practitioners, and primary care providers will better access to clinics, training, and naloxone kits.
“Alberta doctors are on the front lines of the opioid crisis. We want to make sure they have the resources they need to treat and support any patient living with an opioid dependency,” said Brandy Payne, Associate Minister of Health, in a release.
“This investment in primary care services will help families affected by the opioid crisis all across the province and save lives.”
This new grant is expected to help around 3,800 physicians and 1,000 clinics. This is also an expansion of Alberta Health Services opioid dependency treatment spaces which have started serving patients in multiple cities and municipalities including Fort McMurray.
The Alberta government says since the clinics and naloxone kits were made available there have been 3,100 overdose reversals. Roughly 45,500 kits have also been handed out across the province.
According to Alberta Health’s fourth quarter ‘Opioids and Substances of Misuse’ report, in 2017, 562 people died from an apparent fentanyl-related overdose which is much higher than the 358 in 2016.