August 23rd, 2019

Suspicious of government’s supervised consumption site review

By Letter to the Editor on August 2, 2019.

According to statistics the group overdosing most in the current opioid drug crisis are men 20 to 40 years old. This population is very productive in our economy. It horrifies me that we don’t use every resource to help drug addiction. We know if we treat opioid addiction with suboxone people can go back to work and be productive. We know that if people go to supervised consumption sites that have wraparound supports some of them will opt for suboxone treatment.

I suspect that the Alberta government is doing a six-month review of the sites until the federal election is over because these sites are under Canada Health legislation. It will be easier to close them down with a Conservative government in Ottawa.

Then of course if the supervised consumption sites close down we will see an upswing in the drug crisis. People have to be ready for addiction services. They need the continuum of care of a supervised consumption site to get to a recovery centre like we have in Medicine Hat.

Diane MacNaughton

Medicine Hat

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