LETHBRIDGE, AB – Foothills MP John Barlow says he’s taking a holistic and compassionate look at opioid addiction across Canada as co-chair of a new Conservative Opioid Crisis Working Group.

He’s taking on this effort alongside colleague Todd Doherty, the MP for Cariboo-Prince George in BC.

Barlow points out in a recent post on his website that the group is currently gathering insight from other MPs to identify what mental health and addiction resources are available and also where gaps need to be addressed.

Prevention, enforcement, harm reduction, intervention and recovery are all key parts of finding a solution, according to Barlow.

The southern Alberta MP is also aiming to build a solid framework to get drug dealers off the streets and offer addicts tangible pathways to successful recovery.