Inadequate addictions services provoke crisis, despair
The department of Health and Community Services is doing a completely inadequate job when it comes to helping people end addictions, NDP MHA Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre) said today.
Speaking in the House of Assembly, Rogers said, “Addictions are on the rise but there is only one residential treatment facility to serve the whole province, with a wait list of six to seven weeks. The Pleasantville detox doesn’t have the resources to take the people waiting desperately to get in. On top of that, people who come out of treatment don’t have enough community supports to stay clean.
“Families are in crisis. People are dying,” Rogers said. “I ask the Minister, what is her department doing to fix the problem of people not getting the treatment and support they need?”