Kainai Nation to open support site
The First Nation declared a state of emergency earlier this year after a wave of overdoses
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.