This bilateral agreement of more than $4 million is the first to be signed under the new Emergency Treatment Fund
WINNIPEG,June 28, 2018 /CNW/ - The opioid crisis is devastating individuals, families and communities across the country. The number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, including fentanyl, has risen sharply and is getting
Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services for Newfoundland and Labrador, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement under the Government of Canada's new Emergency Treatment Fund.
This agreement will result in an investment of more than $4 million—$1.6 million from the Government of Canada and $2.7 million from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2018-19—to improve access to opioid dependency treatment in the province using multi-disciplinary teams, case managers, primary care providers and telemedicine.
With this investment, the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador hope to help close the significant gap in treatment services for people who are seeking help for substance use disorders.
In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada committed $150 million to provide emergency funding to the provinces and territories to improve access to evidence-based treatment services. The Emergency Treatment Fund is cost-shared with the provinces and territories, and the total investment will be close to $300 million once bilateral agreements are signed with each jurisdiction.
The Emergency Treatment Fund supports projects that:
Details specific to each province and territory will be made public as bilateral agreements are signed.
"I am pleased that the agreement we signed today under the Emergency Treatment Fund will help improve access to treatment for Canadians with problematic substance use living in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our government continues to take action to address the opioid crisis through our comprehensive and collaborative strategy. Today's announcement puts us one step closer to providing treatment options to Canadians who want them."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"Today's agreement builds on the successful partnerships and initiatives we have already undertaken in Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador and the provincial Opioid Action Plan. Funding will be used to develop a multi-disciplinary hub and spoke model for opioid dependence treatment in our province. This means people will have greater access to supports in their own communities and receive the care and treatment needed to start on the road to recovery."
The Honourable John HaggieMinister of Health and Community ServicesGovernment of Newfoundland and Labrador
"In 2017, we saw a 34% increase in the reported number of apparent opioid-related deaths across Canada, compared to 2016. The tragedy is that opioid overdose is now the leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 30 and 39 years. Continued action is needed on a number of fronts to reverse the complex crisis behind this trend. Increasing access to treatment has a positive impact on survival rates and will help save lives."
Dr. Theresa TamChief Public Health Officer of Canada
SOURCE Health Canada
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