NDP

Action needed to prevent crisis in opioid deaths

October 21, 2016


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – The NDP Caucus is concerned that the Liberal government is not taking action to prevent a public health crisis in opioid overdoses. A media report unveiled that 70 people have died this year already from opioid overdoses.

“We’ve seen in British Columbia what kind of public health emergency that can arise from fentanyl,” said Dave Wilson, NDP Health Critic. “Losing 70 people to any health issue should be of great concern and we need to see what the Liberal government plans to do to address opioid addiction in our province.”

Yesterday, Wilson asked the Minister of Health about what action was being taken to ensure that the Ally Centre of Cape Breton remains open after core funding it receives from the federal government was not renewed. The Ally Centre is also one of two sites in the province piloting a program to distribute naloxone anti-overdose kits.

In the last year, wait times for community-based addictions services have increased from 47 days to 62 days.

“The underlying issue here is that people need access to a wide range of supports for mental health and addictions,” said Wilson. “Without a comprehensive plan, this situation is only going to get worse.”

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For more information, please contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.