OTTAWA, Sept. 6, 2018 /CNW/ - The opioid crisis is a national public health crisis that is devastating individuals, familiesand communities across the country. Tragically, nearly 4,000 Canadians lost their lives in 2017 as a result of apparent opioid-related overdoses. Without increased access to effective, evidence-based treatment options, people with substance use disorder
On September 6, 2018, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions in British Columbia, announced a bilateral agreement signed under the Government of Canada's new Emergency Treatment Fund.
This agreement recognizes the investment of more than $71.7 million— $33.98 million from the Government of Canada, in addition to the province of British Columbia's contribution of $37.76 million. The funding has been designated to enhance or increase access to quality treatment services for substance use disorder. This includes investments in:
With this agreement, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are working to increase treatment services for people who are seeking help for substance use disorders.
"The opioid crisis continues to have a profound impact on thousands of people and their families across the country. I am pleased that we have signed this agreement with the Government of British Columbia to help accelerate access to treatment services. With the Emergency Treatment Fund, our Government is helping to ensure that innovative and comprehensive treatment options are available for Canadians who want and need them. I look forward to signing the remaining bilateral agreements in the coming months."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"Today's agreement with the federal government will help to save lives as we continue to work together to combat the overdose crisis. In British Columbia, we are escalating our response to this crisis every single day. Lives are being saved every day at overdose prevention sites; by connecting people to treatment; by expanding the available treatment options; and by training more prescribers. We will continue to build a system where people who need help can receive it quickly and where addiction is no longer treated as a moral failure tainted by shame, but as the health issue that it is."
Judy DarcyMinister of Mental Health and Addictions in British Columbia
Backgrounder – Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia under the Emergency Treatment Fund – September 2018 Emergency Treatment Fund
Government of Canada Actions on Opioids: 2016 and 2017 National report: Apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada
SOURCE Health Canada
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