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Overdose prevention site opens at Stand Off

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An overdose prevention site is housed in this trailer at Stand Off.

An overdose prevention site housed in a trailer opened last week on the Kainai First Nation.
The harm-reduction agency ARCHES opened the site Friday at Stand Off.
“ARCHES is happy to be able to support and partner with the Kainai First Nation as they respond to this urgent need in the community,” executive director Stacey Bourque said. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the community to provide additional harm-reduction services to help address the opioid crisis and save lives.”
People can go to the site from 2-10 p.m. daily to use their own substances under the medical supervision of staff who will intervene if they witness an overdose.
Kainai First Nation declared a local state of emergency on March 2 after reporting a spike in overdoses from fentanyl and opioids.
Between Feb. 23 and March 2, the Blood Tribe Department of Health reported 150 emergency calls related to opioids.
“The opioid crisis is hitting this community hard and my heart goes out to individuals and families grieving the loss of loved ones,” Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne said. “We are doing all we can to save lives and prevent more overdoses.”
The trailer was previously used as the temporary supervised consumption site at the Sheldon Chumir Health Centre in Calgary, until a permanent space opened in mid January.
The trailer is equipped with four drug-consumption booths and can accommodate seven people at one time.
More than 300 additional naloxone kits have been sent to the community, as well as Alberta Health Services addiction and mental health staff to provide ongoing support and training.
Opioid dependency treatment is available at the Cardston clinic. There are 118 patients receiving treatment at this clinic, with new patients being added weekly.

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