Manitoba

Ottawa to provide money to First Nations for prescription drug abuse treatment

The federal government says it will do more to help First Nations provide treatment for prescription drug addiction.
The Health Minister says the federal government plans on putting $13.5 million toward on-reserve support programs.

The federal government says it will do more to help First Nations provide treatment for prescription drug addiction.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose says Ottawa plans to spend $13.5 million over the next five years for on-reserve support programs.

Ambrose made the announcement before touring the All Nations Healing Hospital in Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask., near Regina.

Ambrose said prescription drug abuse is a significant health and safety concern in North America.

Saskatchewan First Nations and partners are to receive more than $2.6 million of the funding.

Part of the money is to go toward a crisis intervention team to be co-ordinated through two regional hubs — one in Saskatchewan and one in Manitoba.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now