Government of Canada

Government of Canada

April 28, 2008 12:47 ET

Government of Canada Delivering Critical Treatment Initiatives to Address Illicit Drug Use

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State (Agriculture) today announced critical drug treatment initiatives for provinces and territories under the National Anti-Drug Strategy.

"This investment will provide an important boost to the drug treatment options that are available to young people who are at-risk," said Minister Clement. "It represents the Government's commitment under the National Anti-Drug Strategy to work with our provincial and territorial counterparts and partners, such as the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. Our objective is to improve access to quality services and effective approaches to treating individuals who pose a risk to themselves, their families and their communities."

The Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) is a new federal contributions program under the Treatment Action Plan of the National Anti-Drug Strategy. The DTFP will provide $111 million over five years to provincial and territorial governments to assist in strengthening treatment systems and in filling critical gaps in treatment through investments in early intervention treatment initiatives designed to reduce and eliminate the progression and severity of illicit drug use behaviour among youth.

"We know that drugs are dangerous and destructive. This is why this Government is committed to ensuring that those people who are addicted to illicit drugs get the help they need," said Minister Nicholson. "At the same time, however, we are also being very clear: we will not tolerate those who prey on our youth or profit off of the vulnerability of addicts."

"Our Government's strategy to fight illicit drug use in Canada provides a balanced approach that is both tough on crime and compassionate to those addicted to illicit drugs," said Minister Day. "Today's announcement builds on other initiatives under our National Anti-Drug Strategy that will lead to healthier and safer communities." "The announcement we are here to make today is an important step that will help improve access to quality services and effective approaches to treating individuals who pose a risk to themselves, their families and their communities," said Secretary of State Paradis.

Minister Clement also took the opportunity to announce the launch of the television advertisements under the National Anti-Drug Strategy prevention-focused mass media campaign. The launch of this campaign was initially announced in March 2008 and included newspaper, radio and online advertisements.

"These advertisements are intended to provide parents with information and resources they need to be able to talk with their children about illicit drug use," said Minister Clement. "We will follow up with the second part of this campaign, which will be aimed at young people."

As announced by Prime Minister Harper on October 4, 2007, the National Anti-Drug Strategy is a collaborative effort involving Health Canada, Public Safety Canada and the Department of Justice and includes three action plans: preventing illicit drug use; treating those with illicit drug dependencies; and combating the production and distribution of illicit drugs.

For more information about this announcement, please visit the National Anti-Drug Strategy Web site ( For an information booklet and to learn more about the drug prevention campaign, please visit the Drug Prevention Web site. (

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