The Government of Quebec announced its plans on spending $35 million annually for tackling opioid overdose and addictions in the province. The funds would be divided in two, $23 million for fighting opioid overdose, while the rest of $13 million for addressing addictions such as gambling, internet and technology addiction, and alcoholism, as reported by Health Minister Gaetan Barrette and Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois.
The internet and technology addiction
A report presented by the Government of Quebec shows that the internet and technology addiction is not a commonly accepted concept. However, a study carried out in Quebec resulted that about 1.3 percent of the province’s teens are addicted to internet and technology, while over 18 percent shows at least one sign of this kind of addiction.
Among the new plans to address addictions, the Government of Quebec will launch an awareness campaign to let Canadians know about the internet and technology addiction risks.
Also, among their objectives is the introduction of a straightforward evaluation process to permit the specialists to depict internet and technology addiction.
Easier access to naloxone to tackle opioid overdose and addiction
Among the Government of Quebec’s plan to address the opioid overdose and addiction, the officials want to implement easier access to naloxone, a drug that acts as an antidote to opioids.
The opioids crisis affects the United States, as well as some regions of Canada. However, according to the Health Minister Gaetan Barrette, Quebec is not among those regions.
But, as Barette reported, the situation in Quebec is worrisome, and some measures have to be taken to prevent Quebec from experiencing a real opioid crisis. According to the official, the instruments to tackle opioid overdose and addiction across Quebec province should be introduced fast to address the issue immediately.
In short, the Government of Quebec plans on spending $35 million annually for tackling opioid overdose and addictions in the province, including internet and technology addiction, gambling, and alcoholism.