Kainai Na­tion to open sup­port site

The First Na­tion de­clared a state of emer­gency ear­lier this year af­ter a wave of over­doses

StarMetro Calgary - - CALGARY - MADE­LINE SMITH KYLE MELT­ING TALLOW

Kainai Na­tion is in­tro­duc­ing a new safe with­drawal man­age­ment site amid a spike in opi­oid over­doses in the com­mu­nity.

Paramedics on the First Na­tion south­west of Lethbridge will be able to of­fer peo­ple who have over­dosed the op­tion of go­ing to the six-bed with­drawal man­age­ment pro­gram with med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion for re­cov­ery. They would then have the op­tion to move to the Kainai Tran­si­tion So­ci­ety for more re­cov­ery sup­ports.

In late Novem­ber, the First Na­tion saw 22 over­doses in 48 hours, and a spokesper­son said at the time that at least four peo­ple from Kainai Na­tion had died af­ter over­dos­ing Kainai Na­tion, or Blood Tribe, had 22 OD’s over 48 hours in late Novem­ber. A spokesper­son said at least four peo­ple had died af­ter OD’ing ear­lier that month.

ear­lier that month.

The First Na­tion de­clared a state of emer­gency ear­lier this year af­ter a wave of over­doses from car­fen­tanil, es­ti­mated to be 100 times more po­tent than fen­tanyl.

In a state­ment, Kainai Na­tion Chief Roy Fox called the opi­oid cri­sis a prob­lem “that has plagued our peo­ple over the last few years.” The prov­ince is con­tribut­ing $2.2 mil­lion to­ward the new pro­gram.

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