Grande Prairie group applying to open supervised drug consumption site

CBC News, Feb. 13, 2018

Dr. Elaine Hyshka, co-chair of Alberta's Opioid Emergency Response Commission, said the numbers prove supervised drug consumption sites can save lives. "They can seem a bit counterintuitive," Hyshka said. "But really the evidence is quite clear that they have strong public health benefits."

The sites can also reduce the impact drug users have on communities, she said. Staff are able to safely dispose of needles and can step in when something goes wrong. "I'm glad to see that work on supervised consumption services is moving forward in Grande Prairie and I think that they certainly do have a potential to reduce opioid poisonings in that community. "They won't end the opioid crisis, but they're an important part of care for people who are using, and they will save lives."

Grande Prairie group applying to open supervised drug consumption site