August – MLA Jamie Kleinsteuber’s Report

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Stampede Pancake Breakfast 2017

I would like to begin by thanking all the staff at VIVO, and volunteers that helped make the Annual VIVO / MLA Stampede Breakfast such a success. This year was Canada’s 150 Birthday and I’m glad that so many people came out to celebrate!

Opioid Emergency Response Commission

Back in June, the Alberta government announced the next steps in our coordinated approach to addressing the opioid crisis in our province. The plan is supported by a $30-million commitment from Alberta Health Services and will pave the way to reduce the harm, overdoses and death associated with opioids in our province.

Through the Opioid Emergency Response Regulation, under the Public Health Act, our government is creating the Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission to support the Ministry of Health in addressing the opioid crisis. The new Emergency Response Regulation gives the Health Minister greater powers such as expanding the authority to administer injectable naloxone to people beyond emergency responders, give direction to addiction services and acute care services operated by Alberta Health Services to adopt opioid related protocols.

Further to this, Alberta Health Services submitted an application to the federal government with a proposal to provide supervised consumption services at a health facility in Calgary’s central core.

The Sheldon M. Chumir Health Center has been identified as a potential site for supervised consumption services because it provides a range of wrap-around supports, including opioid dependency treatment and a needle-distribution program.

Supervised consumption sites give people the option to use drugs in a monitored, clean environment to reduce harm from substance use, while offering additional services such as counselling, social work and opioid dependency treatment.

Research shows supervised consumption services do not increase drug use or criminal activity, however, they do save lives and all levels of government have acknowledged that a coordinated and integrated approach to addiction is key.

Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose, including fentanyl.

Naloxone Kits are available free of charge at walk-in clinics and pharmacies across Alberta – and you can pick one up without an ID or prescription. If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s drug use, please call Health Link at 811 or the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2322.

Your MLA,

Jamie Kleinsteuber

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