The city’s second opioid dependency treatment clinic announced this past February has opened. It has the capabilities to treat up to 300 people.
The update came yesterday when the Alberta government announced an Opioid Emergency Response Commission to deal with the rising addictions issue.
Alberta is putting an additional $30 million towards tackling the opioid addictions crisis.
The province will also assemble a panel including representatives from medical, police, community and indigenous groups.
Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says new clinics are opening across Alberta for quicker response to overdoses, one opened recently in the Peace. “Let me be clear, even if I announced the new steps we’re taking today, we’ve been working hard to expand treatment to communities across the province. Just two days ago, on Monday, a new clinic opened in Grande Prairie with the capacity to treat up to 300 people.”
She says rapid response is critical.
“Responding to the rising toll of opioid-related deaths in Alberta is a top priority and must continue to be addressed with urgency. The new Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission will guide the province’s continuing work and ensure each action we take will reduce the harms to opioid users, their families, their communities and first responders.”
The province is also looking at expanding public coverage of drugs, such as methadone, that are used for opioid replacement therapy. The added funds put this year’s budget at $44 million to deal with a rise in opioid addictions.