Provincial supervised consumption services review draws hundreds in Lethbridge

A committee formed by Alberta’s United Conservative government stopped in Lethbridge Wednesday for the first of two nights of the provincial government’s supervised consumption services review in the city. The panel was appointed to evaluate the social and economic impacts…

Shooting outside Red Deer overdose prevention site sends man to hospital

Alberta RCMP say a man was shot and injured outside an overdose prevention site in central Alberta. RCMP say the shooting happened Tuesday near the site in downtown Red Deer. READ MORE: Alberta’s supervised consumption, overdose prevention sites have 100%…

Calgary addiction advocate concerned with review of Alberta’s consumption sites

The Alberta government announced on Monday that a panel of experts will review all eight supervised consumption sites across the province. The review will focus on crime and safety — but critics contend the government is missing the point, insisting…

Rallies held ahead of motion on the future of Lethbridge’s supervised consumption site

The debate continues around the supervised consumption site in Lethbridge as residents on both sides of the controversy held rallies ahead of a council meeting discussing the future of the site on Monday. From one side of a barricade in…

Debate over supervised consumption sites ramps up across Alberta

Supervised consumption sites have been a hot topic in Alberta long before the last provincial election. The UCP government’s plan to hold off on funding for new proposed sites has brought the conversation about the sites’ socioeconomic impact back into…

Protests held for and against Lethbridge’s supervised consumption site

An ongoing controversy involving Lethbridge’s supervised consumption site and area businesses lead to a heated protest Saturday. While the dispute has been going on since the site opened, it was the actions of one business owner that escalated the issue…

Alberta federal prison opened an overdose prevention site for inmates this week

Alberta’s Drumheller federal prison opened an overdose prevention site for inmates on Monday, Global News has learned. It is the first prison in Canada to do so. “Participants using the service will be allowed to use self-supplied substances,” a spokesperson…

Reports of needles have dropped since opening of Edmonton’s supervised consumption sites

The overall number of needles reported in the city of Edmonton dropped substantially in 2018, and those who are responsible for supervised consumption sites said they believe those sites are assisting in the decline. “I’m pleased,” said Marliss Taylor, director…