A call for more action on fentanyl, this time for Dr. David Swann.
The Alberta Liberal leader says a public health state of emergency would allow officials to get a handle on the situation and likely provide more resources, rather than the current one-off situation.
He says, to the end of June this year, there has been 150 opiate overdose deaths.
Swann says there should weekly updates on who’s dying, similar to how the province updates flu numbers in the winter.
“We don’t have real-time numbers on deaths, the characteristics of the individuals who are dying, how they’re using often a combination of drugs,” Swann told reporters on Wednesday. “In short, we’re not following the standard approach to an epidemic.”
The state of emergency would give people like police, social workers and health care providers to work together and that should free up some resources.
Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says there is work taking place, but a state of emergency is more in line with communicable diseases.
She says the state of emergency would provide too many broad powers, such as police going into homes without search warrants.