Lethbridge drug-related deaths have surpassed the 100 mark since the SCS was shut down due to government defunding.
Lethbridge EMS responded to the highest number of drug-related events during the 1st quarter of 2022 than in any other 1st quarter over the last 5 years.
And having one more year of data continues to confirm that as SCS usage drops, deaths increase.
Lethbridge EMS responded to the highest number of drug-related events last month than in any other February over the last 5 years.
Lethbridge EMS responded to the highest number of drug-related events last month than in any other January over the last 5 years.
This was driven by the third quarter, which saw EMS responding to more opioid-related events than in any other third quarter since 2018. Actually, than any other quarter since 2018.
The associate minister of addictions seems to think that the pandemic is to blame for Alberta’s record numbers of drug-related deaths.
What a year’s worth of data tells us about how supervised consumption affects deaths and EMS. And was defunding the SCS the right choice?
Deaths in private residences, however, are declining.
Alberta’s EMS data for 2021 is nearly 50% higher than last year’s, and the year isn’t even over yet.