The lack of apparent of funding towards opioid addictions funding is alarming to the Official Opposition.
The NDP’s Health Critic Danielle Chartier spoke about this issue at the Legislature Wednesday. She said this is an issue that’s ravaged other provinces and the fact it’s not mentioned in the budget is concerning.
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“People’s lives are at risk,” she said. “Not just people who just suffer from addictions or use drugs, but it’s our first responders, people in work in health facilities.”
“This is a very real issue.”
For his part, the Minister of Health Jim Reiter said there’s around $41 million allocated for addictions treatment.
He also spoke about the increasing drug issues plaguing the province, noting the rising danger crystal meth and fentanyl are posing.
“You’re going to be seeing shortly another expansion of the naloxone program,” he said. “So, we’re going to do those things on the crystal meth issue and all addiction issues.”
“We recognize the importance that plays.”
Reiter says there is some overlap with addictions funding and mental health funding, with the previous budget targeted for $11 million.