B.C. launches a project aimed at reducing the number of deaths caused by prisoners who have recently been released from correction.
The Coroner's death report group reported about two-thirds of B.C. last year. The people who died of illicit drug overdue in 19 months were recently contacted by the criminal justice system.
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The team noted that between January 2016 and the end of July 2017, 333 people died in the first month after release from the correctional authority.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced that five new community transition teams have been established for Surrey, Prince George, Kamloops, Nanaimo and Port Coquitlam to help people with opioid disorder treatment.
Teams consist of a social worker and peers who have used drugs and may be imprisoned to work with a person released to help provide the support they need.
Lynne Pelletier, or B.C. Mental health and substance use services, say people in the justice system are some of the most vulnerable in society, but they are most difficult to achieve in the current emergency overdose.
“Integrating care for care with community care enables us not only to prevent overdose, but also to connect to health services and possibly change the trajectory of life by addressing some of the social and economic realities that led them to the first place. ”
Dr. Nader Sharifi, Medical Director of Health Services Correction, says that about 40 percent of people in correctional treatment receive treatment for opioid disorders.
He says that people are at increased risk when they leave the facility and have no access to the doctor.
“There are obstacles to continuing the treatment they start with us. Customers face stigma. They may have no income and no fixed address. It's not as easy as visiting the nearest doctor's office, ”he says in a news release.
This month, community transition teams began to connect with their first customers. The Provincial Healthcare Authority claims that it expects the project to expand over the next year on the basis of service results.
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