MONCTON, NB, Aug. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - The opioid crisis is a national public health crisis that is devastating individuals,families and communities across the country. Tragically, nearly 4,000 Canadians lost their lives in 2017 due to apparent opioid-related overdoses. Without increased access to effective, evidence-based treatment options, people with problematic substance
On August 10, 2018, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Benoit Bourque, Minister of Health for New Brunswick, signed a bilateral agreement under the Government of Canada's new Emergency Treatment Fund.
This agreement will result in the investment of more than $7 million—$2.8 million from the Government of Canada and $4.3 million from the province of New Brunswick—to enhance or increase access to:
With this investment, the governments of Canada and New Brunswick hope to help close the significant gap in treatment services for people who are seeking help for substance use disorders.
"Across the country, the opioid crisis is impacting people from all walks of life. Each life lost is a future cut short and devastates families and communities. The Government of Canada has taken action to address the crisis by increasing measures related to harm reduction, enforcement and prevention, and by addressing the issue of stigma. We continue our efforts by investing to improve access to essential treatment services for Canadians with problematic substance use in New Brunswick."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"The opioid crisis currently facing many areas of the country is a concern for our government. We are pleased to partner with the federal government as we work to increase treatment access to address the harms associated with problematic opioid use and overdoses in the province."
The Honourable Benoit BourqueMinister of Health
"In 2017, we saw an increase of 34% in apparent opioid-related deaths across Canada, when compared to 2016. While harm reduction and prevention are key areas that we must continue to work on, treatment is equally important. Increasing access to evidence-based treatment will support those who suffer from substance use disorders in getting the help they need to live healthier lives."
Dr. Theresa TamChief Public Health Officer of Canada
Backgrounder – Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick under the Emergency Treatment Fund – August 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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