As part of our efforts to address the opioid crisis, HIV Community Link is the co-chair of the Calgary Coalition on Supervised Consumption (CCSC). This is a multi-stakeholder group providing advisory support to the development of supervised consumption services in Calgary.
The Coalition began in 2017, after the exponential increase in overdoses and overdose deaths in Alberta and across Canada. The CCSC includes representatives from 19 organizations including Alberta Health Services, the City of Calgary, Calgary Police Services, the University of Calgary and numerous community-based organizations and service providers.
Did you know?
There was a 9267% increase in the number of overdose deaths in the province of Alberta between 2011 and 2017. According to Alberta Health, in 2017 there were 526 deaths by fentanyl poisoning (2018). This is more than the death rates for motor vehicle accidents and homicides combined.
In Calgary, 7% of new HIV cases and 43% of new hepatitis C cases were linked to injection drug use (2016).
What are supervised consumption services?
Supervised consumption services, also called safe injection facilities, are an intervention that provides a safe and hygienic environment where people can use pre-obtained illicit drugs under the supervision of trained staff. They are part of a wider harm reduction strategy to reduce the negative impacts of drug use, including overdoses and death.
Read more about the work of the Calgary Coalition on Supervised Consumption at www.calgaryscs.com
Read more about the work of the Medicine Hat Coalition on Supervised Consumption at www.medicinehatscs.com