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Conference to discuss issue of safe-injection site for Edmonton

A long-time drug abuser injects herself with heroin on the streets of Vancouver.

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ANGELIQUE RODRIGUES | EDMONTON SUN

The possibility of bringing a supervised safe-injection site to Edmonton will be among the topics discussed at an upcoming convention.

Edmonton will serve as host for the 11th annual Alberta Annual Harm Reduction Conference.

The conference is slated for May 30 through June 2 at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, 10155 105 St,, and officials expect it to draw between 300 to 350 registrants from across the country.

The convention's specified goal is to raise awareness in Alberta about the application of needle and injection harm-reduction principles, rather than focusing on stopping the behaviour altogether.

Attendees will discuss the possibility of a supervised safe-injection site here in Edmonton.

Vancouver is home to Canada’s first legal supervised injection site.

This year’s conference theme is Courage, Evidence, Compassion.

Each year dozens of agencies and health officials get together to raise awareness in Alberta about the application of these principles amongst

Alberta service providers who deal with populations vulnerable to Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.

Dr. André Corriveau, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health for Alberta, will attend the conference, along with various medical experts from across the country.

For more information about registration visit albertaharmreduction.ca.
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