Investing in Communities to Eliminate the Waitlist for Opioid Treatment

Your Liberal government knows the misuse of opioids is a growing concern across the country and Nova Scotia is no exception. We know the toll it can take on the lives of those who use opioids, as well as their families.

Today, we are pleased to announce we’re investing $800,000 to eliminate the waitlist for opioid treatment. There are currently more than 200 Nova Scotians on the list, and this means every single one of them will be able to enter a publicly funded program for treatment within the next six months.

“We are expanding the treatment program to more communities, and we expect even more Nova Scotians will come forward looking for help as a result,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of Health and Wellness Minister. “This investment will address that as well, providing another 250 spaces in publicly funded treatment programs.”

In addition to taking even more people into its current program sites, the Nova Scotia Health Authority will open three more – in Antigonish, New Glasgow, and on the south shore.

Opioid use disorder can be treated by doctors and nurses in community family practices. New funding in this year’s budget will allow NSHA to bring specialists in the field of addictions medicine together, and make that network available to primary care providers – by phone, no matter where they practice.

Emergency departments also have an important role to play. This year, NSHA will provide training specifically designed to support emergency room doctors, nurses and other clinicians to recognize, assess and even treat opioid-use disorder.

Your Liberal government understands that treatment is only a small part of addressing opioid use and overdose in Nova Scotia. By working with our partners, and with people in communities across the province, we will continue to move this forward and provide supports and services to Nova Scotians who need them most.