September 20, 2016

"Street junkies don’t pay union dues," so AB NDP don't care about fentanyl crisis

Rebel Staff
 

Alberta’s Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says the bad economy means there is just no more money for drug treatment beds to help combat the deadly fentanyl crisis in Alberta.

In November 2015, Hoffman cut $13 million from the long term capital capital spending plan for addictions treatment.

At the same time, the Notley government went on a public sector hiring spree, adding nearly 50,000 new employees to the government payroll.

The same year, 274 people died from fentanyl overdoses, a 230 percent increase over the year before.

Sarah Hoffman managed to find $200 million in the healthcare budget to upgrade the government run (that means “union run”) hospital laundromats rather than move the laundry service to an outside, cheaper and more efficient privately run contract. 

It can’t be very comforting to the families of drug addicts who have to wait a minimum of 20 days to get into treatment that the sheets are washed by a government worker.

Rachel Notley said she cares about the poor and we should all be helping each other. 

But street junkies don’t pay union dues. 

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commented 2016-09-21 23:39:30 -0400
Yep and both not even related. So all I got from this post is the Ndp are making jobs for people when the people need jobs. And peolle who take a dangerous drug can die from taking it. And the services to help; the conservatives want to remove and have fought against…the injection sights. Thanks for posting. Rebel has so gone down hill.
commented 2016-09-21 18:46:31 -0400
“You can’t see it and you can’t smell it " -- Are we talking about fentanyl which addicts and kills people or C02— which we breathe out and makes the crops grow ? We spend 200 million on the one kills or destroys people and many Billions to destroy the one that is required to sustain life on this Planet. CRAZY !
commented 2016-09-21 09:48:05 -0400
There is a problem in this country when it comes to drugs.
1. We have a lot of junkies out there that need all the help we can give them.
2. We also have a lot of drug dealers out there that really need to face more severe punishment. There should be a minimum of 15years hard time for drug dealers and 25 year minimum for people peddling drugs to people under 21.
Yes it would cost a lot of money to warehouse these animals but these costs could be covered by the savings in health care expenditures needed to treat the junkies.
However, again the politicians and lawyers will have to source their drugs from somewhere and someone else.
The method that the Philippine government deals with their drug problems sounds like a system that needs to be looked at more closely.

DJBT
commented 2016-09-21 09:47:56 -0400
The NDP want to control the population as per the UN agenda. They are likely contributing to the spread of fentanyl, to keep union losers working. Our health care system has turned into a mismanaged money pit to keep the union leaders happy. Considering the amount of staff on the public’s payroll we should be receiving much better care. I’ve been to the Peter Lougheed recently and what a dirty disgusting hole it is now. And the staff are narcissistic butt holes that should be on the street, instead of pretending to be health care workers. I will do my best to avoid anything medical. What a scam provincial health care has turned out to be. The NDP are natural born liars, and are identical twins to the liberal liars.
commented 2016-09-21 03:58:15 -0400
Geez they were phoning me about my ambulance bill a few days after, glad the NDP is the government of the people. LMAO!
commented 2016-09-21 03:57:24 -0400
Anon they are related, how are they separate? Oh yeah in your pea brain.
commented 2016-09-21 03:36:17 -0400
It never ceases to amaze me how Sheila keeps finding ways of linking two unrelated stories together to make a sensationalized point.
commented 2016-09-21 01:22:19 -0400
This may seem harsh, but if it isn’t Fentanyl it would be something else. Beer, hard spirits, bath crystals, speed, coke, smack, glue, sterno, crack, PCP, molly, cough syrup, decongestants, acid, bennies, downers, uppers, and whatever. They will kill themselves one way or another, even slitting their wrists. Addicts don’t always find salvation in rehab.

Drug treatment programs are only as good as the desire of the addicts to get off the junk they are on, and not find a different substance to abuse.

The sad part is that Fentanyl – which is not “50 to 100 times more deadly” but 100 times stronger than morphine – is needed by some people with incredible pain levels. I know someone who suffers from fibromyalgia, and requires a Fentanyl patch just to get through the day because of the pain. She is on a 75 microgram/hr three day patch, along with oxy and Lyrica just to function. Even with that, she has days when she can’t physically move.

What the government is more likely to do to get the press and public off its back would be to ban Fentanyl. That would leave a lot of people without help or relief. Then the suicide rate for these people will definitely increase. Meanwhile, the addicts will just move on to something else, even penta-Fentanyl which is 100 times stronger than Fentanyl.

How many people a year die from extreme sporting or doing stupid stunts to get on YouTube? How many people drive recklessly and kill themselves and others? How many people kill themselves by addiction of any sort? Society can’t always be hand holding people who decide to be self-destructive.

Yes, the government should have jobbed out the hospital laundry cleaning. But putting all that money into rehab wouldn’t help anyone who doesn’t want help, and there are places they can go right now but don’t.
commented 2016-09-21 00:42:05 -0400
You don’t get it Sheila. Sure, druggies don’t pay union dues, but all those helping them: nurses, police, social workers, welfare administrators, etc. pay union dues. If we clean up the drug addicts, what will all those unionized workers do if they don’t have the drug problem to keep them employed and paying union dues?
commented 2016-09-20 21:01:33 -0400
One thing they did carry over from the previous government is blaming oil prices. Ralph never complained. Donald Duck could balance the budget better. FYI . I’ll never hire a union or government employee
commented 2016-09-20 19:10:27 -0400
Loved one landing on another bed from overdose? Better to have put it as a morgue slab. However, maybe that slab is scrubbed with ascorbic acid by union workers so the Non-Democratic Party is still promoting their union friends by addicts’s deaths.
commented 2016-09-20 18:53:34 -0400
Seems like a self defeating policy because this NDP caucus is fueled by fentanyl – at least their policies and rhetoric would indicate wide spread fentanyl abuse in the Dipper constituency – maybe all the junkies hang out at the union laundromat
commented 2016-09-20 18:39:55 -0400
Fentanyl seems like a self-solving problem. Just increase the wait for treatment to 1 year and instruct street dealers to increase the purity of their product and to make the standard does an overdose size with instructions to take 1/4th of a dose each time, and put fentanyl-overdose cases at the bottom of the triage list in the Emergency Room. Problem quickly goes away.