MP Dalton calls for federal framework for addiction recovery treatment
May 31, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – Today, Marc Dalton, Conservative MP for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge, tabled a motion calling on the House of Commons to recognize the lack of access to effective addiction recovery treatment in Canada, and demand the Liberal government develop a federal framework to address this crisis.
“It’s clear that the addictions crisis in Canada has had a devastating impact on Canadians, especially during the pandemic,” said Dalton. “Through this federal framework, real and effective recovery treatment would ultimately become more accessible to the many Canadians who experience addiction to harmful substances.”
Elements of this federal framework would include:
- Best practices, guidelines, and long-term plans developed through consultation with provinces, municipalities, and recovery providers;
- Targeted strategies for specific populations, indigenous peoples, and at-risk youth;
- Employer awareness programs to help recognize addiction and provide support for their employees; and
- Increased temporary financial supports to individuals undergoing treatment and their families.
“Deaths from overdoses are in the headlines often, and rightfully so. It’s a tragedy,” said Dalton. “Record numbers are dying, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Statistics Canada estimates 21 per cent of Canadians will battle addiction sometime in their lives. With many thousands of lives hanging in the balance, the passing of this motion, and the development of a federal framework are absolutely critical steps to take on such a vital issue effecting so many Canadians.”
You can read more on M-88 here: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Members/en/marc-dalton(35909)/motions/11370600
Watch the Press Conference here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1181336875738596