Newspaper article The Canadian Press

$1.2M for Consumption Site: Alberta Still Seeing High Number of Opioid Deaths

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

$1.2M for Consumption Site: Alberta Still Seeing High Number of Opioid Deaths

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Alberta still seeing high number of fentanyl deaths

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CALGARY - Alberta continues to see high numbers of overdose deaths related to fentanyl and other opioids.

A second-quarter report for 2017 shows that 119 people died from an apparent fentanyl-related overdose between April 1 and June 30.

The report says 122 people died in the first three months of the year from an apparent fentanyl overdose.

Another 33 people died during that time from an apparent drug overdose of an opioid other than fentanyl.

The province says it will provide $1.2 million for renovations at Calgary's Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, which is a proposed site for supervised opioid consumption.

Health Canada is currently reviewing several safe consumption sites proposed by the province for Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge. …

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