Losing a loved one to an addiction while they are actively trying to get help is beyond difficult for any family, which is why Jenny Churchill joined the NDP at the Legislature to call for the necessary changes so that no other family would have to go through what hers has.
“The reality for far too many families throughout the province is that the needed care simply isn’t available when a loved one struggling with addiction is ready to reach out and begin their healing process,” said NDP Mental Health and Addictions Critic Danielle Chartier. “We need to do better to deal with the issue of addictions in Saskatchewan – and that starts with addressing the severe shortage of addictions services.”
Churchill’s son Jordan died this January from an overdose of fentanyl. Jordan had attended a scheduled appointment at Moose Jaw Wakamow Detox earlier in October 2017 but was denied healthcare services. The lack of access to beds and services is an issue that advocates continue to raise, with the province tracking wait times in weeks where other provinces track it in days.
“Every day, families just like mine are being ripped apart because the necessary services are not accessible,” Churchill said. “To those who don’t see addictions and mental health as a priority, I say, take it from someone who has lived experience: the addiction crisis in our province is real, and this government has not done enough to address it.”
“How can we expect this to get any better when the Sask. Party doesn’t put forward the needed resources to effectively fight this crisis? The Sask. Party needs to start listening to families like Jenny’s and act, so that people who are ready for help can get it,” Chartier said.