More support is coming for Nova Scotians living with opioid use disorder through an agreement that will help stabilize programs and services and improve wait times for those who need treatment. The bilateral agreement between the province and the federal government includes funding over four years of 3.1- million dollars from Health Canada that will be added to 4-million dollars from the province.
Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey says Nova Scotia is doing significant work in Opioid Use Disorder by saving lives with naloxone and getting more people into treatment programs. This investment is part of a four-year Canada-Nova Scotia Emergency Treatment Fund Bilateral Agreement with Health Canada for initiatives related to Opioid Use Disorder treatment approaches, solutions and services.
Investments will be made in the following areas:
- enhancing existing treatment programs to help further reduce wait lists and wait times for treatment
- building capacity in primary care for treatment by offering counselling by telephone with addictions specialists
- training and education on opioid use disorder for emergency room staff to ensure rapid referral for treatment
The funding agreements are available at https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-use/problematic-prescription-drug-use/opioids/responding-canada-opioid-crisis/emergency-treatment-fund.html .