POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 79 continued INTHE Nova Scotia sees rise in demand for drug treatment amid opioid crisis Originally published on Dec. 29, 2017 by Alexa MacLean, Global News • Dozens of Nova Scotians lost their lives in 2017 due to drug overdoses, a large majority of which were linked to opioid toxicity • The province acknowledged the growing concerns over opioid misuse and announced an investment of $800,000 to improve access to opioid addiction treatment • Based on the data that we’ve received from the Medical Examiner’s Office, there’s been 45 reported and 12 probable [deaths],” MacIsaac said, an executive director at Direction 180, a community-based methadone clinic in Halifax Nova Scotia expands treatment for opioid addicts Originally published on Nov 28, 2017 by Michael Tutton,The Canadian Press The Liberal government will spend $800,000 annually at a dozen treatment centres, with new locations in Antigonish, New Glasgow and on the province's south shore • The centres will offer methadone maintenance programs, exchange needles, provide antidote kits for overdoses, and make referrals to family doctors for ongoing treatment. • The province says the added money – announced in the recent budget – will mean services will be available to 250 more people, for a total of over 1,600 people annually. • Health Minister Randy Delorey said the funding will eliminate a waiting list, which addictions specialists say is crucial to bring down the death toll of about 60 Nova Scotians annually. NEWS Number of Deaths 2017 RATE PER 100,000 POPULATION 20.0 and higher 15.0 - 19.9 10 - 14.9 5.0 - 9.9 0.0 - 4.9 Suppressed Number (January to September) and estimated annual rate (per 100,000 population) of apparent opioid-related deaths by province or territory, 2017. + Includes data from July to September only. For 2017 data, Quebec reports deaths related to all illicit drugs including, but not limited to, opioids. This number is expected to rise. a British Columbia reports deaths related to all illicit drugs including, but not limited to, opioids. * The estimated annual rates for 2017 are based on available data from January to September 2017.