The Overdose Crisis


This three part series will present information on the ways that local agencies are responding to the overdose crisis. Each session will feature different speakers describing the four pillars of response: prevention, harm reduction, enforcement and treatment. Training in Naloxone overdose treatment will be available at each session. 


Our Community's Response, Part One: Overview

Location: Theatre, Honor Currie Room
Date: March 4th, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Description: In this first session, Corey Ranger, Clinical Lead at Safelink - HIV Community Link, will provide an overview of the overdose crisis and the four pillars response - prevention, harm reduction, enforcement and treatment. Kym Porter will provide the perspective of one personally affected by the crisis. Space in the Library Theatre is limited, please arrive early to guarantee a seat. For those who cannot make it to the presentations, we will be filming the sessions in their entirety - be sure to follow the Library's Facebook page to be notified when the videos are available.


Our Community's Response, Part Two: Prevention & Enforcement

Location: Theatre, Honor Currie Room
Date: March 11th, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Description: In the second session, Taneil Zanidean from Alberta Health Services, Layne Gosling from McMan Community Services, and Christa Schmidt from Medicine Hat Drug Coalition will speak on prevention through health promotion and awareness. Constable Travis Funk from Medicine Hat Police Services will speak on enforcement. Space in the Library Theatre is limited, please arrive early to guarantee a seat. For those who cannot make it to the presentations, we will be filming the sessions in their entirety - be sure to follow the Library's Facebook page to be notified when the videos are available.


Our Community's Response, Part Three: Treatment & Harm Reduction

Location: Theatre, Honor Currie Room
Date: March 18th, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Description: In the third session, Natalie Mason from Medicine Hat Addictions Clinic will describe treatment strategies and options. Rikki Fryatt from Medicine Hat Recovery Centre will explain harm reduction's role in treatment. Space in the Library Theatre is limited, please arrive early to guarantee a seat. For those who cannot make it to the presentations, we will be filming the sessions in their entirety - be sure to follow the Library's Facebook page to be notified when the videos are available.