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The Progress Report

Aug 28, 2019

The overdose epidemic killed 2 people a day in Alberta last year. It's an emergency akin to a house on fire but instead of helping the people caught up in it Jason Kenney has frozen three planned safe consumption sites and brought in a new panel to review the "socio-economic impact" of these life-saving facilities. In this episode we examine the causes of the overdose crisis and the history of civil disobedience and direct action in harm reduction in Canada as well as the latest news from the front lines in Lethbridge. 

Further reading 

More than 4,300 overdoses reversed at Alberta supervised consumption sites since 2017: Report

Alberta Community Council on HIV: A Community-Based Report on Alberta's Supervised Consumption Services Effectiveness 

The Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs, “This Tent Saves Lives: How to Open an Overdose Prevention Site.” 

Keith Gerein: Restrictive agenda suggests the fix is in for Alberta's panel on safe consumption sites

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