The Blood Tribe's Department of Health is bringing an overdose prevention site to Stand-Off which will be staffed by ARCHES in Lethbridge.
In response to the ongoing opioid problem on the Blood Reserve, the Tribe's department of Health is bringing an overdose prevention site to Stand-Off. Blood Tribe Health Department CEO, Kevin Cowen says Alberta Health Services (AHS) sees an urgent need on the reserve. He tells our radio station AHS is getting an ATCO trailer which will be located in Stand-Off to be used as a supervised safe drug consumption site and ARCHES in Lethbridge will staff the location. ARCHES is also the same organziation which is taking care of Lethbridge's new safe consumption site which opened last week. Cowen says residents of the Blood Tribe can come to the trailer to do their drugs, while staff can determine if other services can be provided. He says if intervention is required in regards to an overdose, then that will take place. Cowen says the good news is after a spike in OD's last week, there haven't been any in the last few days, however he feels it's just a lull at the moment. Cowen says they aren't backing off on dealing with this opioid crisis as the safe consumption site will aid in saving lives. The trailer is expect to arrive in Stand-Off this week. - Brian Treadwell