Ontario New Democrats Renew Call For Opioid Crisis To Be Declared A Public Health Emergency

Coroner’s jury inquest into the death of Bradley Chapman recommended declaring public health emergency

A Call-Out from Ontario’s Official Opposition/NDP

Posted December 27th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park A coroner’s jury has recommended that the Ford government declare the opioid overdose epidemic a public health emergency following an examination into the death of Bradley Chapman.

The Ontario NDP’sOfficial Opposition Mental Health and Addictions critic Bhutila Karpoche released the following statement in support:

“The findings of the inquest into Bradley Chapman’s death have underscored what health care experts, frontline workers and we in the NDP have been saying for quite some time now. The opioid crisis is real, it is relentless, and one of the critical things the province has to do in addressing it is declaring a state of emergency.

As Ontarians continue to grapple with the opioid crisis that claims thousands of Canadians’ lives every year, New Democrats once again call on the Ford government to step up and fight this crisis by immediately declaring a state of emergency.

We also call on Doug Ford to restore the $330 million a year in mental health funding he cut, and listen to public health and addictions experts’ calls for the opening of new life-saving overdose prevention sites. 

The people of Ontario deserve a government that takes this crisis seriously and is prepared to take immediate action to save lives.”

A Brief Afterword from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper –

It often seems to me that some of the biggest elephants in the room when it comes to this issue are members of the pharmaceutical industry and medical community who recklessly prescribe too many of these drugs to patients.

A declaration of emergency would be helpful, but I don’t think we need to wait for that to start charging and sentencing to stiff jail terms those in the pharmaceutical and medical fields who are knowingly over-prescribing these drugs for profit.

I can’t help believing that the sight of some of these drug industry reps and the doctors that collude with them get hauled off to the slammer would have a strong deterrent effect.

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