The opioid crisis is devastating individuals, families and communities across the country. Without increased access to effective, evidence-based treatment options, people with substance use disorders will continue to be at risk for overdose.
Today, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable Jordan Brown, Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture and Minister of Justice and Public Safety, Government of Prince Edward Island announced a bilateral agreement under the Government of Canada’s Emergency Treatment Fund.
The agreement provides nearly $1.1 million—$518,506 in funding from the Government of Canada and $566,000 from the Government of Prince Edward Island—to improve access to and build on existing treatment services for people with substance use disorders. This includes:
- increasing client support networks by training people with lived and living experience to support peers who are receiving treatment for problematic opioid-related substance use;
- enhancing PEI’s Telehealth capacity by implementing a secure video connection between community outreach nurses and physicians located in central locations (e.g., Charlottetown and Summerside); and
- enhancing the province’s opioid replacement therapy program by increasing client access and focusing on a holistic and client-centred approach to treatment, including improved access to buprenorphine/naloxone.
These new initiatives will build upon the significant work already underway as part of the Prince Edward Island Action Plan to Prevent and Mitigate Opioid Overdoses and Deaths.
The Government of Canada and its partners recognize that providing people dealing with problematic substance use with access to treatment in their own communities ultimately helps people who use drugs live healthier lives.
“Opioid-related overdoses continue to devastate communities across Canada. This bilateral agreement will increase access to essential treatment services for people with problematic substance use in Prince Edward Island. We must continue to work in a comprehensive and collaborative way to help Canadians access the treatments and supports they want and need.”
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
- Bilateral Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Prince Edward Island under the Emergency Treatment Fund(link is external)
- Emergency Treatment Fund(link is external)