September 23rd, 2019

Alberta investing more than $80M on 4,000 addictions treatment spaces

By The Canadian Press on September 11, 2019.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney discusses the accomplishments of his government in its first 100 days in office, in Edmonton on Wednesday August 7, 2019. Kenney says his government is spending more than $80 million on 4,000 new spaces to treat people with addictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

CALGARY – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced more than $80 million in new funding for 4,000 spaces to treat people with addictions.

Kenney says the money is part of a $140-million commitment to addictions and mental-health care in the United Conservatives’ election platform.

The premier says some of the spots will be new, while many of the beds have been underused or sitting empty because they weren’t funded.

Kenney told an addictions recovery conference in Calgary that too much emphasis has been put on harm reduction initiatives, like supervised drug consumption sites.

He says those have a role to play, but that approach shouldn’t be at the expense of investing in treatment and recovery.

He adds the funding for treatment beds and outpatient services is separate from a review the province is doing of the socio-economic impacts of supervised consumption sites.

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