Ontario Fights Substance Abuse



    McGuinty Government Invests In Beds, Outreach For Ottawa Youth

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    More help is on the way for young people trying to beat drug and alcohol
addiction in Ottawa.
    The provincial government is investing $5.5 million for more beds,
treatment and outreach programs designed to help young people achieve
sobriety.
    Until now, young people in Ottawa with drug and alcohol problems have had
limited access to residential treatment
(http://www.camh.net/Care_Treatment/Resources_clients_families_friends/treat_y
oung_people.html). This funding will create 20 beds. Early intervention for
young people will help prevent more intensive treatment later. Other
investments include:

    
    -   $250,000 annually to enhance school-based addiction counselling, in
        partnership with the City of Ottawa, the community and local schools.
    -   $250,000 annually to help agencies provide outreach support at
        shelters.
    -   $1.8 million to relocate the Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre
(http://www.dart.on.ca/DART/owalive/dart_site_info_v2.show_site?p_orgsite=1026
16).
    

    The McGuinty government is also investing in 48 new supportive housing
units
(http://www.camh.net/Care_Treatment/Community_and_social_supports/Housing/Type
s_of_Housing/csru_supportive_ed_housing.html) in Ottawa for people who have
completed addiction treatment. Over the next three years, nearly 1,000
supportive housing units will be made available across the province for people
with complex addiction problems.

    QUOTES

    "Addiction is a heartbreaking disease. All Ontarians deserve the best
treatment and support possible to get on the road to recovery," said Premier
McGuinty.
    "This is part of our plan to improve support for Ontarians who are
battling addictions. We'll make sure they get better access to the treatment
they need to be healthy again," said George Smitherman, Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care (http://www.health.gov.on.ca/).

    QUICK FACTS:

    
    -   One in ten students experiences multiple mental health issues
        including problem drinking, drug use and depression
(http://www.camh.net/News_events/News_releases_and_media_advisories_and_backgr
ounders/mental_health_student_survey0404.html).
    -   The high from crack lasts about five to ten minutes. The consequences
(http://www.camh.net/About_Addiction_Mental_Health/Drug_and_Addiction_Informat
ion/crack_straight_talk.html) can last a lifetime.
    -   Ottawa has 14 agencies funded through Ontario
(http://www.champlainlhin.on.ca/home.aspx) that help people with addiction
        problems.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Find addiction treatment in your area (http://www.dart.on.ca/).

    Read the stories of recovering addicts who had the courage to come back
(http://www.camh.net/Foundation/Events/Courage%202004/courage_awardsmainpage.h
tml).

    
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