Chronic Disease Innovation Fund Will Support Opioid Harm Reduction

Health and Wellness

March 31, 2017 2:55 PM

The Cumberland Opioid Council will help people learn about the dangers of opioids and how to deal with them, thanks to a grant of $5,225 from the province announced today, March 31.

“Opioid dependency can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, as well as their families and friends,” said MLA Terry Farrell, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We are hearing more and more that opioids are a growing issue for our communities. This grant will help Cumberland County residents address this important issue.”

The funding will be used by the Cumberland Opioid Council to implement its Investigating Community Readiness project.

“We want to increase the community’s awareness of the harms associated with opioid dependency, lessen stigma, and assess readiness for new and innovative strategies,” said Sandi Partridge, chair, Cumberland Opioid Council.

The council will receive its grant under the Chronic Disease Innovation Fund. The fund will invest about $300,000 across the province. Eighteen community groups, in partnership with community health boards, received funding for projects to help people stop smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, get active, and eat better.

“Providing communities with the resources they need to increase knowledge, build awareness and take action against chronic health issues is crucial,” said Cheryl Northcott, executive director of operations with Nova Scotia Health Authority’s northern zone.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The Cumberland Opioid Council received five-thousand

two-hundred-twenty-five dollars from the province’s Chronic

Disease Innovation Fund today (March 31st).

     It will use the money for its Investigating Community

Readiness project which will help people who use opioids in

Cumberland County and raise awareness about the issue.

     M-L-A Terry Farrell, on behalf of Health and Wellness

Minister Leo Glavine, says opioid dependency has a devastating

impact on people, their families and friends.

     The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund will invest about

300-thousand in 18 projects across the province.

-30-

Media Contact: Tracy Barron
              902-424-4616
              Cell: 902-223-1465
              Email: Tracy.Barron@novascotia.ca