Supervised Consumption Services

Supervised consumption services help save lives and build safer communities.

As part of a provincial response to the opioid crisis, Alberta Health Services is supporting the introduction of supervised consumption services as part of a harm reduction approach.

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What are supervised consumption services?

Supervised consumption services are part of a range of evidence-based services that support prevention, harm reduction and treatment for Albertans living with substance use challenges.

Supervised consumption services provide a place where people can use drugs in a monitored, hygienic environment to reduce harm from substance use while offering additional services such as counselling, social work, and opioid-dependency treatment.

Do we need supervised consumption services?

In 2019, in Alberta, 603 people died from an apparent accidental opioid poisoning.

Overdose death is a serious concern and Alberta Health Services, with our partners, is working hard to reduce the harm from substance use.

Opioid use disorder is complex issue faced by many Albertans, and requires a multifaceted approach that includes awareness, prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and addressing organized crime.

Supervised consumption services, along with needle exchanges, naloxone, and opioid dependency treatment, help reduce harms from substance use, including HIV, Hepatitis C, bacterial infections, and overdose death.

For more information on substance surveillance data including opioid poisonings and deaths, visit Substance Use Surveillance Data, Government of Alberta.

Why provide supervised consumption services?

Supervised consumption services provide a safe environment for people who use drugs, and reduce:

  • overdose deaths
  • transmission of diseases and infections
  • public substance use and discarded needles.

Supervised consumption services are a compassionate, comprehensive, and collaborative form of evidence-based care and provide options when clients are ready for change.

Quick Reference

Supervised Consumption Services in Alberta

Digital Overdose Response System (DORS)

Questions?

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E-mail: scs.calgary@ahs.ca