Quebec adds $ 35 million to fight addictions

Finance

The Couillard government announced Wednesday afternoon that it injects $ 35 million annually in fresh money to fight against addictions of all kinds.

Of this amount, $ 5 million will be given to community organizations, which are on the front line to support people with drug, alcohol or gambling addictions.

This $ 35 million is in addition to several envelopes that were already available to fight addictions. “In total, $ 220 million will be made available to deal with addictions,” said Lucie Charlebois, Minister Responsible for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living. at a press conference held in Montreal.

The Dependency Interdepartmental Action Plan brings together 14 government departments and agencies that work together.

“Addictions are a complex issue,” said Minister Charlebois. Concerted actions by cities, the education community, the justice system, public safety, to name a few, are needed to put in place an effective and comprehensive approach. “

The implementation of this plan comes in the context of the legalization of marijuana, scheduled for October 17 across the country, and the opioid crisis that shakes the country.

Part of the money will be used to prevent overdoses of opioids, usually due to the consumption, voluntary or not, of fentanyl. This crisis has already left thousands of people dead, mostly in the west of the country.

“We want to work with the most vulnerable people in society, including by supporting more community-based organizations, expanding the supply of naloxone [an opioid antidote], and strengthening the treatment of opioid-related addictions,” he said. Minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette.

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