Monday, 20 Sep 2021

Report on social impacts of injection sites a ‘wake-up call’: Alberta minister

A newly released report suggests the social impacts of supervised drug consumption sites in Alberta include increased needle debris and a growing risk to public safety in surrounding neighbourhoods.

The report, compiled by the Alberta government’s Supervised Consumption Services Review Committee, was released on Thursday.

Associate health minister Jason Luan calls the report a “wake-up call” and says the government will use it to make decisions about the sites on a city-by-city basis.

Luan also says the eight-member review panel heard allegations of “financial irregularities” at Arches, the non-profit agency overseeing the safe consumption site in Lethbridge.

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