The province said it anticipates the services will be in place by March 31, 2022.
The campaign points to harm-reduction resources, including how to recognize the signs of an overdose, respond using naloxone, download the Lifeguard App and access emergency contacts.
The town said there was not enough time to have a community dialogue before taking advantage of the grant opportunity. It will host a virtual information session, through a committee of the whole meeting, tentatively set for 4 p.m. on April 29.
There were seven illicit drug toxicity deaths in the central Vancouver Island region in February and 12 so far this year.
The coroner’s report did not include monthly totals for Oceanside, but noted 16 illicit drug toxicity deaths in 2020.
B.C.’s first cohort of registered nurses (RNs) will complete their training this month to prescribe opioid use disorder medications — a Canadian first.
“People with complex needs are falling through the cracks and aren’t being served by the supportive housing models and programs currently available,” reads a statement from the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus.
“We’re sending a clear message that as a region we want this, we need this. The effects of not having this in place spills out into all communities and I think we need to do better,” said Director Mark Swain.

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