Jun 12, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Ontario is allotting $15 million toward hiring more addiction and mental health workers – as well as distributing more kits with the overdose-reversing drug naloxone – as the province tries to combat an opioid crisis.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins says part of the money will go toward hiring up to four more front-line workers – in every public health unit in the province – which will help communities improve addiction outreach and education – and work on early warning and surveillance of opioid overdoses.

The province will also distribute nearly 80,000 naloxone kits per year –  through community outreach organizations.

In the first six months of last year, 412 people in Ontario died as a result of opioid overdoses – and more than 2,400 Canadians died from them in 2016. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott is warning governments to expect even more to die this year.

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