News 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… Read more. 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… Read more. 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… Read more. 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… Read more. ‘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… Read more. 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… Read more. ‘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… Read more. 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… Read more. AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE Alberta’s Care Plan for Chronic Pain Patients on Long-Term Opioid Therapy January 14, 2021 Read more.