Supervised consumption site announced for Medicine Hat

By Ashley Wiebe
January 15, 2019 - 10:22am Updated: January 21, 2019 - 8:57am


MEDICINE HAT, AB — HIV Community Link has revealed the location for a supervised consumption site in Medicine Hat.

"We’re really happy that we we’re able to support the community and support our clients who are at risk of dying by overdose," said executive director Leslie Hill.

The site, pending approvals from Health Canada, will be located at 502 South Railway Street SE and is expected to open later this year.

HIV Community Link and the Medicine Hat Coalition on Safe Consumption have been holding consultations on the topic since 2017, following an increase in opioid-related overdoses and overdose deaths in the province.

According to a press release, 18 overdose deaths related to fentanyl have occurred in Medicine Hat since 2016.

"We know the numbers of people who die are increasing still in Medicine Hat and we’re happy that we’re able to provide a response for them so that they can have an opportunity to live another day and to access other services and maybe move on to a point of recovery at some point," she added.

Hill spoke with CHAT News about the plans and their goal moving forwards.



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