Thursday, August 04, 2005

Positive steps

Saskatchewan's government releases its plan to address crystal meth and other drugs:
Premier Lorne Calvert has announced a new three-year plan to prevent and treat substance abuse.

The government says it will spend $10 million a year on the project, and will triple the province's capacity to treat drug-addicted youth.

The money includes a new residential youth drug treatment facility in Prince Albert.

The province also says it will create a new alcohol and drug prevention and education unit within the health department.

The capacity issue was probably the most important one given the current lack of rehabilitation spaces, and it's great to see that being addressed along with added education. Better yet, the NDP hasn't bought the SaskParty claim that extending the scope of mandatory treatment is the only (or any) answer.

There's still a lot of work to be done with respect to youth addictions, but thanks to today's announcement, progress is being made.

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