Providing treatment and supports to First Nations and Inuit communities that have been specifically affected, by improving access to naloxone kits.
Taken a harm reduction stance to combating the crisis by making naloxone kits and training readily available and overturning the ban on prescription heroin to treat the most severe cases of addiction.
Providing new funding to respond to the opioid crisis and implement the government’s Opioid Action Plan, with $10 million in additional funding for urgent support in British Columbia and $6 million for urgent support to Alberta.
Passed the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act to save lives by encouraging those who experience or witness an overdose to call 911.
Combating the illegal importation of opioids by enhancing RCMP co-operation with international partners, training over 130 RCMP canine units to detect fentanyl and giving border officers with reasonable grounds for suspicion the authority to open all international mail.
Saving lives and keeping communities safe by passing Bill C-37 to streamline the application process for supervised consumption sites and approving 12 supervised consumption sites.
There’s still more work to do:
Introducing appropriate prescribing guidelines to curb opioid misuse ensure prescriptions are appropriately tracked in a consistent and patient-centred way, and increase transparency in the marketing and promotion of therapies.
Implementing the Opioid Action Plan and the new Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, which includes $65 million in funding that will help increase lab testing capacity, develop a national public awareness campaign, and increase research in problematic substance abuse.