March 17, 2017 7:32 am
Updated: March 17, 2017 9:08 am

Hamilton revisits budget request for anti-overdose kits

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario to begin tracking opioid overdoses for first time after spike in deaths.

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Hamilton’s city council is going to take a second look at a request to help battle the city’s opioid crisis.

The Hamilton Spectator is reporting that the public health department has asked for an extra $69,000.

It would allow the needle exchange van to operate on Sundays and would pay for a part-time nurse to respond to more requests for Naloxone.

WATCH: An opioid crisis that has taken the lives of hundreds of people over the last year took centre stage at the Alberta legislature on Monday. As Tom Vernon reports, the opposition was granted an emergency debate on the issue.

The first time the request was put forward, council decided to hold off in the hope that federal money would be on the way.

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While the feds have pledged $65 million over five years to fight the opioid overdose crisis, there’s no timeline for the money.

Last year, there were close to 50 overdose deaths in Hamilton and close to 700 across Ontario.

The budget request comes up on Wednesday.

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