$8.4 million pledged to address methamphetamine crisis in Manitoba

WINNIPEG — Manitoba and the federal government are pledging a combined $8.4 million to tackle the province’s growing methamphetamine crisis.

Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen says the money will go to increasing capacity for people who are going through withdraws in Winnipeg and Brandon.

It will also be used to create a mobile withdrawal service.

Friesen says meth has created unique problems because the high is longer, it causes psychosis and withdrawal symptoms can last for months.

A request for proposals will be issued in the new year and services are expected in the spring.

Half of the funds come from the federal government’s Emergency Treatment Fund, which was created to address the opioid crisis.

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Source:: Nationalpost – News


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