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Opioid deaths in Red Deer climb to 25

The Alberta Substance Use Surveillance System, updated this month, showed five deaths in January, four in February, three in March, and four in April, one in May, seven in June and one in July…

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Alcohol-related illnesses in Alberta surging during COVID-19 pandemic

Mental and behavioural disorders resulting from alcohol use as well as alcohol-related depression and withdrawal are among the few non-COVID causes of hospital admission…

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Drug decriminalization movement gaining momentum in Canada as overdose deaths surge

As overdose deaths keep surging in Canada, the movement to decriminalize illicit drugs is gaining steam, with one of the country’s largest mental health facilities joining national advocates and…

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Alberta doctors call for more drug-use sites to reduce strain on acute-care resources

A group of Edmonton physicians says the Alberta government’s overhaul of harm reduction supports for people who use drugs is needlessly…

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‘Overdoses happen in your neighbourhood’: Edmonton launches new public awareness campaign for drug poisonings

The City of Edmonton will partner with 20 business and community organizations to help spread the word about drug poisonings…

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Pop-up site demonstrates benefits of harm reduction

The Manitoba Harm Reduction Network demonstrated the potential of overdose prevention sites and safer consumption sites over the September long weekend…

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‘We have to face it head-on’: Canada’s opioid crisis should be front and centre this election, advocates say

Advocates and front-line workers in crisis and rehab centres say that Canada’s federal election should tackle the issue of the opioid crisis “head-on” as deaths skyrocket across the country…

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Overdose prevention app launches in Calgary

A smartphone app aimed at reducing overdose deaths has been launched in the Calgary area. The Digital Overdose Response System (DORS) uses a timer, where if the user is unresponsive, they will receive a call from the STARS emergency centre…

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AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE

Alberta’s Care Plan for Chronic Pain Patients on Long-Term Opioid Therapy
January 14, 2021
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