Factsheet: Harper Government funding in Ontario Region to Address
Prescription Drug Abuse in First Nations Communities
OTTAWA, June 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
Health, today announced funding to address prescription drug abuse in
First Nations communities in Ontario. This investment will focus on
service provision and continuum of care; integration of services and
enhanced collaboration among service providers; and capacity building,
training and education.
"Tackling drug abuse is a priority for our government and First Nations,
and we are committed to working together with the provinces and
territories to address this complex issue," said Minister Aglukkaq.
"Working with First Nations leadership, and our federal and provincial
partners and agencies, Health Canada has been actively supporting the
development of collaborative approaches to treatment and after-care
programming that strengthen First Nations families and communities."
Today's announcement is the result of strong collaborative work
undertaken by the Trilateral First Nations Senior Official Committee,
which has representation from the Chiefs of Ontario and various federal
and provincial departments. At its inaugural meeting the working group
unanimously agreed that tackling prescription drug abuse was the top
priority for moving forward. An action plan was developed that is
responsive to community needs and adopts an evidence based approach,
which reflects the approach envisioned in the Chiefs of Ontario
document, "Take A Stand - Prescription Drug Abuse Strategy." This
report encourages a continuum of care approach to addictions treatment.
"This is a good step," noted Stan Beardy, newly-elected Chief of the
Chiefs of Ontario (COO), and the Co-Chair of the Trilateral First
Nations Health Senior Officials Committee. "The solution has to
involve all levels of government, as well as our own community
leadership. Part of the solution must be to help reconnect the people,
especially the young people, back to our basics, which is our special
relationship to the land."
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SOURCE Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health