OTTAWA, Jan. 22, 2019 /CNW/ - The opioid crisis continues to devastate individuals, families and communities across the country.Without increased access to effective, evidence-based treatment options, people will continue to be at risk for overdose.
Today, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Member of Parliament, Michael
This agreement provides more than $760,000—$500,000 in funding from the Government of Canada and $266,171 from the Government of the Northwest Territories—to help increase access to treatment for substance use disorder.
This funding will be used to:
The Government of Canada and its partners recognize that helping people with problematic substance use access treatment in their own communities—including those located in remote areas of Canada's North—will ultimately help people who use drugs to live healthier lives.
"Opioid-related overdoses continue to have a devastating impact in communities across Canada. The agreement signed today with the Northwest Territories will provide resources to address substance use disorder in communities outside the major urban centre and will improve access to the resources available in Yellowknife today. We continue to work together in a comprehensive and collaborative way to help Canadians access treatment and supports for substance use disorder."Michael McLeodMember of Parliament for Northwest Territories
"We are committed to reducing the prevalence and impacts of opioid addiction on NWT residents. Expanding our integrated and culturally safe Opioid Maintenance Therapy Program to smaller communities will help our residents struggling with addictions and provide them with an additional option for treatment."The Honourable Glen AbernethyMinister of Health and Social Services, Northwest Territories
Backgrounder Emergency Treatment Fund
Infographic: Government of Canada – Federal Actions on Opioids National report: Apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada
SOURCE Health Canada
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