No one is immune to opioids, and no one organization working alone can turn the tide. Red Deer continues to have a high rate of opioid-related overdoses, many resulting in death.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) recognizes that addressing complex social issues like opioid addiction requires a community approach, and that is why we continue to work with our community partners to provide education, awareness and supports.
On October 1, an Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) was established temporarily to save lives now. It is operated by community harm reduction agency Turning Point and located on the property of Safe Harbour Society, at 5246 53 Ave. in Red Deer.
In the meantime, AHS, the provincial government, the City of Red Deer, Turning Point and Safe Harbour Society are working to help establish a more permanent Supervised Consumption Services (SCS) site with supports that provide an opportunity for someone to seek the help they need when dealing with substance use challenges.
SCS Public Hearing Nov. 13, 2018 at 6 p.m.
A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Red Deer City Hall’s Council Chambers, second floor, 4914 48 Ave.
Red Deer City Council will consider 2nd and 3rd readings of harm reduction agency Turning Point’s Land Use Bylaw amendment and Development Permit application to operate an SCS at 5233 54 Ave. First reading was passed Oct. 15.
Anyone can provide comments through a letter or email to the Manager, Legislative Services at City of Red Deer or in person, starting at 6 p.m.