Hundreds sign petition calling for rehab facility in NWT

Jennifer Lafferty meets at the Legislative Assembly with Health Minister Glen Abernethy and Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart earlier this year. Testart is now calling on Abernethy to resign.

A Yellowknife woman has collected more than 300 names on a petition calling on the territorial government to re-establish a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility in the NWT.

There has been no such facility in the territory since the one on the K’atl’odeeche First Nation near Hay River closed about five years ago.

Those needing treatment are currently sent to rehab facilities in either Alberta or B.C.

Jennifer Lafferty says the Yellowknife is the logical place for a treatment centre in the territory.

Lafferty met with Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy at the legislative assembly on Tuesday.

The minister says there simply isn’t funding for a bricks and motor facility at present.

He says the existing Stanton Hospital will not work even after the new hospital opens as all its space has already been spoken for – including rooms for several long-term care beds.

Abernethy says the government continues to offer detox, after care and on the land rehab programs

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