Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Gets Final Approval to Open Hospital-Based Consumption Site in Edmonton

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Gets Final Approval to Open Hospital-Based Consumption Site in Edmonton

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Hospital-based consumption site opening in Edmonton

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EDMONTON - Another supervised drug consumption site is to open in Alberta next week as the province continues to fight a growing number of deaths from opioids such as fentanyl.

The government says the site for in-patients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be able to handle six people at a time.

Nurses will be on staff to provide life-saving services, including the fentanyl antidote naloxone, in case of an overdose.

Patients will also have access to doctors, counsellors, social workers, as well as to mental-health supports and opioid-dependency treatment.

The province says it's the first hospital-based supervised drug consumption site in North America. …

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