Specialized Crystal Meth Treatment Centre to Open in Estevan

The Government of Saskatchewan recently committed $1.55 million in the 2020-21 budget and $1.95 million annualized to establish a new provincial addictions treatment centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Estevan. This funding will support 30 new addictions treatment beds: 15 beds dedicated to people recovering from crystal meth addiction; five beds for people seeking treatment for other addictions; four pre-treatment and six post-treatment beds.

“We know that addictions and overdoses are an increasing problem that jurisdictions across Canada are grappling with,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said. “We have seen the impact that crystal meth addiction has had on people and families across the province. This new centre will save lives and will help Saskatchewan people begin and complete their recoveries.”

The centre will develop innovative protocols in medication use to support crystal meth treatment that can be applied provincially. As clients will come from across the province to access services, they will be connected to follow-up care in their home communities once

The new treatment centre will use a partnership model to address the unique needs of people who use crystal meth. St. Joseph’s Hospital and its umbrella organization, Emmanuel Care Group, are working with Cedars at Cobble Hill, a nationally-recognized leader in addictions care, to provide this new addictions service.

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