The Houston Harm Reduction Committee has been operating for about two years. It initially came together around a noticeable increase in drug use in the community and the issue of needles left in public places. (Black Press file photo)

Alberta announces funding for Naloxone kits, detox beds to treat opioid crisis

EDMONTON — Alberta’s government has announced plans to improve access to overdose reversal kits and to create medical detox beds as opioid-related calls spike in the province.

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jason Luan says the government is providing $1.5 million for nasally administered Naloxone kits as a part of a one-year pilot program in Edmonton.

Luan says officials will also evaluate the impact and benefits of distributing take-home Naloxone kits.

He also announced that the province will open 35 detox beds over the next three years.

That will cost an additional $2.1 million.

Luan says the funding is a part of the province’s effort to transition into a recovery-oriented system to treat its opioid crisis.