Alberta is implementing more tools to address overdoses and deaths related to fentanyl and other opioids.
The new measures include exploring a plan to set up safe, supervised opioid consumption sites, improving the collection and publishing of data to better target interventions, expanding access to opioid replacement therapy, improving prescription drug monitoring and implementing new tools to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.
The province is asking the Chief Medical Officer of Health to take action to further expand access to opioid replacement therapy.
Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says the new measures will make a difference for people struggling with addiction.
So far this year 193 Albertans have died due to apparent drug overdoses related to fentanyl.