As part of our efforts to address the opioid crisis, HIV Community Link is the co-chair of the Medicine Hat Coalition on Supervised Consumption (MHSC). This is a multi-stakeholder group providing advisory support to the development of supervised consumption services in Medicine Hat.
The Coalition began in 2017, after the exponential increase in overdoses and overdose deaths in Alberta and across Canada. The MHCSC includes representatives from nine organizations including Alberta Health Services, the City of Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat Police Service, Medicine Hat College, the University of Calgary and numerous community-based organizations and service providers.
Did you know?
The most up-to-date data (June 2019) shows that since January 1, 2016 2,358 individuals have died from opioid poisoning in Alberta. On average, 2 individuals lost their lives every day in our province. The opioid crisis numbers demonstrate the need for Supervised Consumption Services (SCS) in Alberta, the second most affected province in Canada.
Since 2016, there have been 25 confirmed fentanyl-related deaths in Medicine Hat (source).
To read the Medicine Hat Report Back to Community, click here.
To read Supervised Consumption: A Report to the Community of Medicine Hat, click here.
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 Medicine Hat Coalition on Supervised Consumption at www.medicinehatscs.com