“Today’s announcement on the Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission is a step in the right direction. Appointments to the Commission include a number of highly qualified people with tremendous amounts of experience. Their goal of increased access to addiction and treatment services is absolutely critical to addressing this crisis.
However, it is troubling that the NDP continues to avoid declaring a public health emergency to address this deadly problem. We must do everything we can to start saving the lives of Albertans today – and that includes increasing public awareness and education. One of greatest benefits in B.C. declaring their provincial health emergency was a rapid increase in public education. The government’s reluctance to do the right thing is putting Albertans at risk.
The Opioid Emergency Response Commission has an important task ahead of them, but Albertans need to know what their plan is, how it will be implemented and whether it is working. We must ensure this Commission is as transparent and accountable as possible and today’s announcement leaves much to be desired. Bill 205, the Pharmacy and Drug (Pharmaceutical Equipment Control) Amendment Act 2016, is an excellent example of immediate action that had an immediate impact. I hope we can mirror that work with this Commission.”