The Canadian government is investing in treatment options for Saskatchewan people with substance use disorders.
$5 million was announced on Tuesday at the Legislature, as Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale, on behalf of federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, and Saskatchewan’s Health Minister Jim Reiter signed off on an deal under the Emergency Treatment fund.
“It’s two very key components to me,” said Reiter. “It’s going to be about training, right across the board. Doctors, nurse practitioners on opioid subsitiution therapy. Also, further training for addictions counsellors, social workers for advanced training as well.”
For his part, Goodale noted Saskatchewan has been hit by the opioid crisis and it needs to be addressed.
“Part of it is prevention, part of it is law enforcement, part of it is better border controls. But a critical part of it is treatment.”
The Saskatchewan NDP’s critic Danielle Chartier, however, believes a plan to address the opioid crisis is needed.
“In Alberta, they have a commission actually headed by their medical health officer. Here, we have an ad-hoc approach, we have a task force here in Saskatchewan that got zero resources.”