Cape Breton Post - - News -

More than 300 packed into the New Water­ford fire hall for a Town Hall meet­ing or­ga­nized by the A Town That Cares group over the lack of re­sources for men­tal health and drug ad­dic­tion prob­lems.

The many speak­ers in­clud­ing Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice Chief Peter McIsaac, Tom Blan­chard, di­rec­tor of Tal­bot House, Dr. Venkata Pup­pala of Syd­ney, Dale Jol­lota, who lost her 15-year-old daugh­ter Olivia to a drug over­dose .and Rob Mul­loy of the Get Pre­scrip­tion Drugs Off The Street (GPDOTS) group.

The plan of Dr. Venkata Pup­pala of the A Town That Cares group in­volves as a men­tal health/drug ad­dic­tion cen­tre in the CBRM, clin­ics in com­mu­ni­ties, a mo­bile unit, a help line and coun­sel­lors for fol­lowups, all which could be paid for by the cur­rent cost of drug/men­tal health-re­lated vis­its to emer­gency rooms in the CBRM now.

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