OTTAWA, March 14, 2019 /CNW/ - The opioid crisis is devastating individuals, families and communities across the country.Tragically, more than 9,000 people have lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses from January 2016 to June 2018 in Canada. Without increased access to effective,
Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia's Minister of Health and Wellness, announced a bilateral agreement under the Government of Canada's Emergency Treatment Fund.
This bilateral agreement—which will see more than $6 million ($3,160,108 from the Government of Canada and $2,910,108 from the Government of Nova Scotia) invested to enhance access to treatment for opioid use disorder—will:
The Government of Canada and its partners recognize that helping people with problematic substance use access treatment in their own communities will ultimately help people who use drugs to live healthier lives.
"Over a two-year period, 123 people in Nova Scotia lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses. This is nothing short of tragic. This bilateral agreement will make treatment services more accessible to those in need, including people living in remote areas of the province. By working together, we can help stop opioid-related overdoses and save lives."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"Nova Scotia is doing significant work in Opioid Use Disorder treatment – saving lives with naloxone and getting more people into treatment programs. We know opioid use and overdose remains an issue in our communities and that the federal government shares our vision in responding to it."
The Honourable Randy Delorey Minister of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia
Backgrounder: Bilateral Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Nova Scotia under the Emergency Treatment Fund Emergency Treatment Fund
End stigma campaign Infographic: Government of Canada – Federal Actions on Opioids National report: Apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada
SOURCE Health Canada
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