QUEEN’S PARK – In a statement in the legislature on Tuesday, NDP MPP Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay-Atikokan) said the Ford government should listen to families and mothers like those in Thunder Bay who calling for action to end the opioid crisis through their organization, Moms Stop the Harm.
Monteith-Farrell called out the Ford government for failing to take action on the opioid epidemic or even mentioning it on Monday’s throne speech.
“Today I want to bring the house’s attention once again to the ongoing opioid epidemic in this province, and especially in my riding and in Thunder Bay. Last year, 64 people died of an overdose in Thunder Bay- an increase from 38 deaths in 2019.
This is a preventable tragedy.
Mothers in Thunder Bay, and across Canada, are working to end this epidemic. They are called Moms Stop the Harm.
They are putting pressure on governments across this country to do better- so that more families don’t have to experience the overdose of a loved one.
Enough is enough. We need to act and end this epidemic.
The solutions are there, but this government simply hasn’t done what is necessary.
Unfortunately, the throne speech made no mention of the countless people who have died in this epidemic, or how the COVID pandemic has only made things worse.
Why is this not a priority? Families are suffering.
Moms Stop the Harm’s vision should be this province’s vision:
They call for an end to the failed war on drugs through evidence-based prevention, treatment and policy change.
They support a harm reduction approach that is both compassionate and non-discriminatory for people who use substances.
I hope this session of Parliament this government finally gets serious about ending the opioid epidemic.