Blog: Current Status Unknown: Albertan Supervised Consumption Sites in 2021

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Jayme Wong, Edmonton Social Planning Council
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In August 2020, the busiest supervised consumption site in North America closed just two years after it opened its doors in Lethbridge, Alberta. The location, which saw a total of 444,781 visitors between January 2018 and June 2020, was shut down following the release of a controversial provincial report that expressed “inadequate oversight and the lack of accountability mechanisms” at supervised consumption services sites in Alberta (among other factors [3]) as reasons for the suspension of provincial funding. Now, a year after the widely debated decision, Albertans are still waiting to hear about next steps.

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