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BC has allocated $22.6 million over the next three years to implement Canada's first permanent safe supply drug program, in response to the ongoing opioid overdose crisis.

The program will begin by offering pharmaceutical-grade opioids, including fentanyl patches and injectable hydromorphone. Prescription diacetylmorphine (heroin) will not be included in the first phase of the program because of an ongoing lack of supply.

Future plans include expanding the program to include stimulant drugs.

Read more in the Vancouver Sun article here.

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