Advocates urge province to unfreeze funding for supervised-injection sites

CBC New, June 3, 2019

The UCP government's decision to freeze funding for new supervised injection sites in Alberta increases the risk of people dying of an overdose, say advocates on the front line of the opioid crisis.

"It's very distressing because we know that these sites save lives," said Petra Schulz, an Edmonton mother who lost her son to a fatal overdose in 2014.

She is the founder of Moms Stop the Harm, a group that advocates for a harm-reduction approach to fighting addiction.

It's imperative the UCP government continue to fund the efforts currently in place, she said.

"We are just hoping that this investment will be in measures that are evidence-based, measures that save lives."

Advocates urge province to unfreeze funding for supervised-injection sites