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, 2018, an Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) was established temporarily to save lives. 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, Turning Point is working toward establishing 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.