The Lethbridge Executive Leaders Coalition on Opioid Use is a group of organizations that began meeting in the fall of 2016 to improve the coordination of services to respond effectively to the opioid crisis and explore the feasibility of implementing Supervised Consumption Services.
The goal of this group is to collaborate on a coordinated community approach to effectively address the growing issue of opioid abuse in Lethbridge. This comprehensive strategy includes Prevention, Early Intervention, Harm Reduction, Treatment and Rehabilitation.
Because of the present epidemic of deaths from opioid-related overdoses, much of the coalition's initial focus has been on enhancing our local approaches to Harm Reduction.
The coalition includes representatives from:
- Alberta Health Services
- Alberta Children's Services
- Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
- ARCHES (AIDS Outreach Community Harm Reduction Education Support Society)
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- City of Lethbridge
- Holy Spirit Catholic Schools
- Lethbridge College
- Downtown Lethbridge BRZ
- Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services
- Lethbridge Police Service
- Lethbridge Public Library
- Lethbridge School District #51
- Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Centre
- Social Housing In Action
- University of Lethbridge
The coalition is focused on ensuring access to the full spectrum of evidence-based health care practices for people who use drugs. This benefits substance users as well as the community.