Statement by FCM president Gord Steeves on today's announcement of a national Anti Drug Strategy



    OTTAWA, Oct. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - "FCM welcomes today's announcement by the
Prime Minister of a National Anti-Drug Strategy. We have long recognized the
connection between criminal activity and substance abuse, and we believe that
the most effective way to combat substance abuse is governments working
together in community-based partnerships.
    We strongly support community-based programs that improve living
conditions, develop skills, and assist young people. The preventative approach
announced today is a good start. We believe drug treatment programs should
promote collaboration with local governments and recognize the value of
municipal participation in developing and implementing community-wide
strategies to combat substance abuse.
    As the order of government on the front lines of combating substance
abuse and dealing with its consequences in our communities, municipal
governments have a critical role to play in any strategy to prevent and treat
substance abuse.
    But municipal governments are struggling to meet growing responsibilities
with shrinking resources. They need additional resources if they are to play
their part in a truly effective community-based substance-abuse strategy. Any
new such strategy must be backed by significant investments, notably in
community policing strategies.
    During the last election the Prime Minister committed to providing an
additional 2,500 police officers. Such an investment would significantly
bolster the capacity of local police forces to combat criminal drug operations
in this country.
    Today's announcement marks a significant first step in a coordinated
effort to make our streets and our communities safer."




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