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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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‘Everybody is starting to know somebody’: Mom hopes overdose awareness can break stigma

The summer after her son died, Marie Agioritis blew up black balloons and placed them around Saskatoon in a quiet commemoration of International Overdose Awareness Day…

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With spike in pandemic drinking, liver-related hospitalizations in Alberta nearly doubled: study

An increase in alcohol consumption during the pandemic’s first wave led hospitalizations for severe liver damage to nearly double Alberta, say University of Calgary researchers…

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Edmonton opioid crisis: Daily deaths, overdoses overwhelming social services and health-care system

Edmonton’s opioid crisis is spiraling out of control, according to those closest to it, and people are now dying every day. “Across the board we are just seeing so, so many more patients come in with opioid poisoning,” said Dr. Shazma Mithani, an emergency room physician…

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Local programs treating addictions facing rising service demands

On the shores of Cowper Lake, six adults move logs into a teepee.  As they stabilize the structure with twine, an instructor tells the group how women in Indigenous communities were historically in charge of mounting the shelter…
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Transit Peace Officers earn St. John Ambulance life-saving award

Transit Peace Officer Matt Yakemchuk has a few seconds to do what he’s trained to do. The person in front of him is literally dead. They’re overdosing, aren’t breathing and have no heart rate…
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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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