Government of Canada announces emergency funding to combat opioid crisis in Alberta

The Government of Canada has announced emergency funds of $6 million to combat opioid crisis in the province.

The Government of Canada has announced emergency funds of $6 million to combat opioid crisis in the province.

These funds build on $75 million in federal funding previously announced to address this issue.

With the current overdose crisis having a huge debilitating impact in many communities in Alberta and spreading across the country, the government has announced an additional $6 million in urgent support to the Province of Alberta to assist with its response to the growing effects of the significant crisis.

“The opioid crisis is complex, and is affecting communities across this country in different ways,” said Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott. “To get ahead of the crisis, we need to be collaborative and compassionate in finding solutions that work in each community. Today’s announcement is just part of our ongoing commitment to exhaust every possible avenue in addressing this crisis.”

Canada’s opioid crisis is multifaceted. First, the overdose crisis has been driven by the emergence of fentanyl and other powerful illicit opioid drugs, which has led to unprecedented number of deaths among users of illegal drugs. And second, high levels of addiction to legal opioids across Canada have been caused, in part, by inappropriate prescribing practices and poor education about the risks associated with opioids. The government’s Opioid Action Plan, including the new resources announced today, addresses both of these aspects of the crisis.

The Government of Canada has already taken numerous steps to address the opioid crisis, including $75 million in previously announced funding to address this crisis. Other examples of actions include making naloxone readily available, overturning the ban on the use of prescription heroin to treat the most severe cases of addiction, and introducing Bill C-37 to simplify and streamline the application process for supervised consumption sites, clamp down on illegal pill presses and extend the authority of border officers to inspect suspicious small packages coming in from offshore.

“Every day we are seeing the impact of the opioid epidemic on families and communities,” said Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale. “We will continue to work together with all our partners to stop the illegal drug flow and battle against the misuse of these drugs. We support the province of Alberta in its efforts to fight this dreadful scourge.”

The government remains committed to a comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based approach to addressing this crisis and the underlying causes of problematic substance use over the long term.

In total, the Government of Canada has announced $81 million in funding to address the ongoing crisis. In addition to today’s announced emergency funding for Alberta, $10 million in emergency funding has been provided to British Columbia, and $65 million over five years has been announced for federal initiatives.

“With the growing toll the opioid crisis is taking on Alberta communities, our government is focussed on taking every action we can to save lives,” said Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Deputy Minister and Minister of Health. “This support from the federal government is crucial in supporting our work to expand treatment to more Albertans affected by substance use. I wish to thank Minister Philpott for her continued partnership in addressing the impact of fentanyl and other opioids in Alberta.”

The $65 million over five years will be used to support the federal government’s ongoing implementation of the Opioid Action Plan and the new Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy announced in December 2016, which reinstates harm reduction as a core pillar of Canada’s drug policy. This funding could be used to: enhance regulatory activities to manage the risks of opioids and reduce access to unnecessary opioids; increase national lab testing capacity; develop and implement a national public awareness campaign; increase research on problematic substance use; expand supports for First Nations and Inuit communities, such as access to naloxone kits; strengthen national data surveillance and monitoring; and fund grants and contributions to address various issues that are unique to the opioid crisis.

 

Just Posted

New fall festival set to take place mid-October

Family fun Oct. 12th at Stettler Ag grounds

Prairie wheat commissions commit nearly $18 million to research in 2018/2019

The investments will benefit farmers with the development of new wheat varieties

PHOTOS: Saving Grace Animal Society hosts ‘From Seed to Supper’ event

The afternoon included a long table dinner, live music and tours at the site

Sylvan Lake’s Flags of Remembrance looks to fill all 128 spots

Allan Cameron says there are still a handful of honour plaques available for the 2019 event

‘Best of Stettler Readers’ Choice Awards’ voting deadline is fast approaching

Locals reflect on what makes Stettler such an outstanding community

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

National weather forecasters predict average fall, cold winter

The Weather Network says precipitation will about average in most parts of Canada

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Red Deer Rebels drop preseason tilt to Tigers 5-3

Rebels fail to score after three first period goals

Canada Post has unfair advantage in distributing flyers: news group

Crown corporation argues newspapers, private operators deliver majority of flyers in Canada

Western Canadian Baseball team, stadium coming to Sylvan Lake

The Town announced they are finalizing an agreement to have a WCBL team in the future sports park

Most Read