Indigenous overdose response fund applications open for northern communities –

PRINCE GEORGE – The Pounds Project has partnered with the First Nations Health Authority for a new approach in resolving the opioid crisis. The Northern Indigenous Opioid Response Fund is now open for applications.

“We know that that [the Indigenous community] is being disproportionately affected by the overdose crisis – they make up for 15% of fatal overdoses,” said Executive Director of The Pounds Project, Jordan Stewart.

Stewart added that in 2021 numbers are expected to be almost six times higher for fatal overdoses among Indigenous Peoples in B.C.

“This overdose crisis, this poising epidemic is creating heartbreak in every level of our community. The hope of this fund is that we are going to create similar efforts in other communities,” continued Stewart.

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