MONCTON (GNB) – The provincial and federal governments have signed a bilateral agreement worth more than $7 million under the federal government’s new Emergency Treatment Fund.

“The opioid crisis currently facing many areas of the country is a concern for our government,” said Health Minister Benoît Bourque. “We are pleased to partner with the federal government as we work to increase treatment access to address the harms associated with problematic opioid use and overdoses in the province.”

“Across the country, the opioid crisis is impacting people from all walks of life,” said federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor. “Each life lost is a future cut short and devastates families and communities. The Government of Canada has taken action to address the crisis by increasing measures related to harm reduction, enforcement and prevention, and by addressing the issue of stigma. Today, we continue our efforts by investing to improve access to essential treatment services for Canadians with problematic substance use in New Brunswick.”

Under the agreement, the provincial government will invest $4.3 million and the federal government will contribute $2.8 million to enhance or increase access to:

  • good-quality treatment services, including withdrawal management services and community-based treatment;
  • opioid replacement therapy; and
  • innovative treatment approaches through an intensive day-treatment service.