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January 27, 2017 - 5:00 PM

KELOWNA – Support beds for youth struggling with drug or alcohol withdrawal are coming to The Bridge Youth and Family Services centre in Kelowna.

Interior Health Authority announced today, Jan. 17, that contracts have been awarded and 16 detox beds are coming to three communities in the Interior.

These detox support beds are the first of their kind, according to a Government of B.C. media release. Kelowna's beds are designated for youth aged 18 and younger.

“Providing innovative and quality services to support the health and wellbeing of our community is at the very core of what we do; these new beds will enhance our ability to achieve that goal,” Celine Thompson with The Bridge centre says in the release. 

Four beds are also planned for Williams Lake and eight are slated for Castlegar.

The 16 beds are scheduled to be available by March 2017.

According to the release, these beds are part of the Interior Health Authority's response to the overdose crisis.

To read more about the fentanyl crisis in the Thompson-Okanagan, click here.

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