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Alberta opioid deaths continue to spiral, with 228 in first two months of 2021

Overdose deaths continued to spike in Alberta during the first two months of 2021, with 228 opioid-related fatalities — a 153 per cent increase compared to January and February last year. New data…
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Students’ innovative idea could help prevent fentanyl overdoses

A group of University of Alberta science students won $100,000 to help turn a brainstorming session about what could have helped family members avoid a fentanyl overdose into a street-ready solution…
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NEWS RELEASE – Government of Canada announces $16.5 million to support harm reduction and people who use substances in British Columbia

Throughout Canada, communities and families continue to grapple with the ongoing overdose crisis and other harms associated with problematic substance use. Unfortunately, it has been nearly…
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NEWS RELEASE – Government of Canada supports first of its kind safer supply project in Toronto

The overdose crisis continues to affect communities and families across Canada. Tragically, we have seen significant increases in overdose deaths and related harms during the COVID-19 pandemic, including…
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Mentorship network provides peer-to-peer support and resources for treating chronic pain and addiction

Chronic pain and substance use disorders are serious, complex conditions. Twenty per cent of Canadians report having chronic pain, and, in the first six months of 2020, nearly three Albertans…
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New app created at med school aims to help battle opioid crisis, save lives

 Three students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) have created a new app that aims to help this part of the province deal with the opioid crisis…
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More than 900 Albertans died from opioid poisoning in first 10 months of 2020

New data released by the Alberta government Friday shows the province is on track for a record-breaking number of opioid deaths in 2020.

Information published on a new government substance abuse surveillance website…
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Southern Alberta First Nation Records 15 Overdoses Since Friday

After more than a dozen overdoses occurred on the Kainai First Nation since noon on Friday, police are looking for answers and they need the public’s help. Officials with the Blood Tribe Police Service and EMS say they’ve responded to 15 drug overdoses since Nov. 20…
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Government of Canada Takes Action to Support People Living with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain has significant impacts on a person’s physical and mental health, often preventing people from enjoying everyday activities. In Canada, an estimated one in four people, aged 15 or older, live with chronic pain… Read more.