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Kenney government announces expansion of treatment and recovery in province

Last Updated Sep 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm MDT

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney addresses the media during a meeting of Canada's Premiers in Saskatoon, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward


CALGARY (660NEWS) — The provincial government has announced they will spend more than $80 million to expand access to treatment and recovery for Albertans.

It’s funding 4,000 addiction treatment beds and spaces, outpatient services and medically assisted detox spaces.

Premier Jason Kenney says the plan will roll out over the next four years.

“The point is that while harm reduction may have a place in the continuum of care, it’s not enough. We need to provide a way out of a trap of addiction that destroys far too many lives,” Kenney said.

The Kenney government is also launching a mental health and addiction advisory council to try and tackle the opioid crisis.

The entire initiative will be part of the UCP’s $140-million commitment to addiction and mental health care they made in its election platform.

The province recently announced a review of supervised drug consumption sites.