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Wood Buffalo Opioid Awareness Project Among Many Being Funded By Province

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Wood Buffalo Opioid Awareness Project Among Many Being Funded By Province

The provincial government is allocating $1.4 million across the province to help end the opioid epidemic.

On Thursday, they announced that 29 projects would be funded to help raise awareness of the crisis through video, art, social media, workshops and community events.

The Wood Buffalo Regional Collaborative Service Delivery will be receiving $50,000. The money will be used to help hold community awareness sessions, educate staff and students, and create a  youth-focused app.

“Building greater awareness and supporting conversation around substance use is key to breaking down stigma and saving lives,” said Brandy Payne, Associate Minister of Health, in a release.

“From suburban neighbourhoods to the inner city and from university campuses to the entertainment industry – these projects will help promote understanding and awareness of this public health crisis.”

In the first six weeks of 2018, the province’s interim opioid data report shows 74 people have died from fentanyl.

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