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Addiction treatment will help cut crime: Gerrard

Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard is joined by Twyla Motkaluk, the party's candidate for Burrows. (TAMARA KING/QMI Agency)

Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard is joined by Twyla Motkaluk, the party's candidate for Burrows. (TAMARA KING/QMI Agency)

Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard says his party will cut crime rates by tackling addiction treatment.

Heading into the Oct. 4 provincial election, Gerrard announced Wednesday the Liberals would invest $1.2 million in the first year to decrease wait times for addictions treatment.

"Our goal is to prevent crime from happening in the first place," Gerrard said in a press release. "A strong addictions strategy will make communities safer for everyone."

Studies show that 70% of those arrested for violent offences test positive for substance abuse, Gerrard said.

"More Liberals in the legislature would fight for better addictions funding. This is part of the Liberal plan for strong families and healthy communities," Gerrard said.