Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
Fraser Health opens 50 drug treatment beds
David Lefebvre, FHA
Fraser Health makes big inroads in overdose crisis with the opening of treatment beds by the score.
oday Fraser Health is launching a poster ad campaign to raise awareness of the overdose crisis in the province. We are also taking this opportunity to update the work we have done to open new substance use beds in the region, serving a variety of populations including pregnant women.
“The distribution of posters throughout
the Fraser Health region is an extension of the public awareness
campaign we launched earlier in August with a social media toolkit,”
said Dr. Victoria Lee, chief medical health officer, Fraser Health. “But
public awareness alone is not enough. As a component of our
comprehensive overdose prevention and response strategy, we’ve created
new substance use beds to provide safe and supportive environments for
people that require additional support on their road to recovery”
A number of the beds will support
specialized populations including a 12 bed program supporting women with
substance use challenges who are pregnant or have newborns.
As we look to expand our continuum of care for people living with substance use issues, we will be creating beds across the region that support people in their recovery allowing them to transition to a more stable life.
In addition to the 50 beds Fraser Health
has already opened, plans are underway to open an additional 97 beds by
early 2017. These beds will be a combination of stabilization and
support recovery beds located throughout Fraser Health with the location
dependent on successful bidders. All beds will be developed through a
competitive procurement process.
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