One of the recommendations stemming from the coroner’s inquest into the death of Alyssa George calls for a substance abuse/detox centre in Terrace.
During the inquest into George’s death, the jurors heard that she had tried to get into a detox centre, but had to wait for a bed in Prince George, where the nearest facilities are.
The jurors were also told that as many as 70% of those held in custody at the Terrace RCMP holding cells are due to public intoxication, with prisoners being shuttled back and forth between the cells and the hospital.
Stacey Tyers is a councillor with the City of Terrace.
She says the area has had long standing need for such services, especially detox as it’s the first step towards getting addiction treatment.
Tyers says finance is the biggest barrier so far.
She notes Health Minister Terry Lake was at the Union of BC Municipalities convention this year and acknowledged the need for such a facility.
She adds the Northwest Resource Benefits Alliance, which is pushing for a share of resource revenues from the province, would help address the need for detox facilities.
Tyers says the band-aid solution of having the police deal with the situation is far more costly than tackling it at the source.