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Council to explore next steps in addressing crime and effects of illicit drug use

 Best practices, community engagement and evidence-based research are all part of how a proposed City Council task force will look at negating the issues surrounding illicit drug use in Lethbridge.

Mayor Chris Spearman brought forward an official business resolution during City Council which would explore how a focused task force could action solutions against drugs in the community.

"We have heard loud and clear that crime and personal safety continue to be top priorities for our community," says Spearman. "City Council understands that we need to continue the hard work we've been doing on how to address illicit drug use in our city and find new solutions to deal with the issues."

The task force would look to similar models which have been successful in negating crime and related issues in cities such as Vancouver and Winnipeg. The focused group would also look to the four pillars of addressing addiction; prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement, to guide their solutions-based approach.

Passing six votes to two, the resolution directs City administration to draft a terms of reference and to report back to City Council on October 15 with a proposed budget and funding source for their consideration.

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Meagan Williams
Corporate Communications
City of Lethbridge