“Fentanyl-related deaths in Alberta continue to climb and that’s a great concern,” said Mike Ellis, Critic for Justice and Solicitor General and MLA for Calgary-West. “The action taken so far has moved us in the right direction, but lives continue to be lost and it’s time to take a different approach. That is why today, I’m urging the government to call a public state of emergency and to create a collaborative, all-party Opioid Abuse Advisory Committee.”
A public state of emergency would increase awareness and prevention for the abuse of opioid drugs. An Opioid Abuse Advisory Committee would continue the collaboration which began in the Legislature this spring when Bill 205, the Pharmacy and Drug (Pharmaceutical Equipment Control) Amendment Act, 2016 passed unanimously. The committee’s mandate would focus on increasing access to addiction and long-term treatment for opioid addicts, improving in-patient services and developing an integrated service delivery model.
“We are in the middle of a crisis and it should be treated as such,” said Ellis. “When it comes to overdose deaths, this transcends political party lines. We all need to work together to find new and innovative approaches to dealing with the growing trend of opioid abuse. I was encouraged by our collective effort to legislate pill presses, and I urge this government to take the rights steps to continue this cooperation.”