B.C. program to help people with overdose-related brain injuries a first in Canada

British Columbia is eyeing the expansion of a first-of-its-kind program in Canada that aims to help patients living with mild to moderate overdose-related brain injuries.

Addictions Minister Jennifer Whiteside says her ministry has earmarked $1.2 million toward the Cognitive Assessment and Rehabilitation for Substance Use program, which is offered by Vancouver Coastal Health through a multidisciplinary team at Richmond Hospital.

Whiteside says the program has already helped more than 40 people, and the new funding will evaluate it further to see if the model can be expanded to other health-care facilities in the province.

The Cognitive Assessment and Rehabilitation for Substance Use program provides specialized supports for people who use substances including

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