Canadian Government funding drug treatments and intervention program

CANADA – The Government of Canada has announced that it will provide funding, in excess of $200,000 for a drug treatment and intervention program for Aboriginal youth with drug and gang involvement.

On May 23, 2008, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada announced this funding in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“This Government recognizes that illicit drugs undermine healthy families and safe communities and fuel organized crime,” said Minister Nicholson.

The funding is intended to help steer youth away from illicit drugs and drug related crime, including gang involvement.

The National Anti-Drug Strategy is a collaborative effort involving Health Canada, Public Safety Canada, and the Department of Justice.

This initiative will provide a drug treatment intervention program for youth being held in custody in the Manitoba Youth Centre.

Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada
May 2008