Fort St. John Plays Host To Relevant Roundtable Discussion

Travis Fortnum


Peace River North MLA Dan Davies hosted a round table discussion in Fort St. John this week, alongside Jane Thornthwaite (the Opposition Critic for Mental health and Addictions).
“We were pleased to welcome MLA Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic with our dedicated first responders and front-line workers,” said Davies.
“She brings an incredible amount of experience to the table and will bring these concerns forward on behalf of northern British Columbians.”
The discussion focused on the opioid crisis, addictions and mental health – centred on the need for treatment facilities, expanded medical services, street clinics and mental health and counselling providers.

“Mental health and addictions challenges affect all areas of B.C. and smaller cities like Fort Saint John are no exception,” said Thornthwaite. 
“But smaller or more rural municipalities often struggle with fewer services and less access to trained professionals than urban centres.
“Access to accurate overdose data would help to identify gaps and target services where they are most needed. Northern residents need immediate treatment and recovery options when they reach out for help.” 
“One of the distinct advantages of being a smaller city is the ability to have all of the critically important people who are involved in this work come together to talk about what is actually happening,” Davies said.
“It was amazing to see the wealth of knowledge all together in one room.
“I personally want to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend and we hope to see more interaction like this in the future.”

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