NDP statement on the opioid crisis
November 17th, 2016 - 1:50pm
NDP Health Critic, Don Davies, issued the following statement:
“Today, New Democrats are calling on the federal government to declare Canada’s opioid overdose crisis a national public health emergency. Additionally we urge the government to create a national multi-sectoral taskforce on opioid overdose, and repeal or significantly amend Bill C-2 to remove unnecessary barriers to opening new harm reduction facilities.
Too many Canadians have died and too many lives are put at risk due to opioid addiction. In 2015, an estimated 2000 Canadians died from opioid overdoses and many provinces are seeing an even higher number of fatalities in 2016. Over the last two decades, more than 10,000 Canadians have died from opioids and an untold number now suffer from addiction.
“The House of Commons Standing Committee on Health has been conducting an emergency study on the opioid overdose crisis and will be releasing a detailed list of recommendations in anticipation of Health Canada’s upcoming summit on opioid overdose.
“Expert testimony at Committee showed a clear consensus that leadership and effective coordination at the federal level would have a major impact on reducing overdose deaths in Canada.
“We urge the federal government to take immediate action to help save lives.”