In 2014, Red Deer City Council identified the need for a made-in-Red Deer, community-driven response to this issue and directed the development of the Red Deer Alcohol and Drug Strategy with a focus on four pillars: prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. The City is implementing this strategy in a number of ways; however, without provincial support, there continues to be a gap in our community and a need to pair this work with a provincial response to the drug and health crisis - a response that ensures balance between prevention, treatment, harm reduction and community safety.
- Implementation of Red Deer’s Drug and Alcohol Strategy, which includes everything from focusing on the reduction of drug trafficking in Red Deer to educating people about addictions and ensuring an adequate supply of housing first* options, to name a few.
- In December 2017, Safe Harbour transitioned their existing social detox program (20 beds) to a medical detox program, which differs in that clients receive wraparound services including counselling, housing and other supports.
- The 49 Street Community Health Centre offers day treatment for adults and youth, including counselling, addiction management and education.
- In September 2018, Mayor Veer and members of City Council met with the Minister of Health at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Conference to request funding and support for long term residential treatment options in Red Deer. The minister made no commitments during this meeting.
- Red Deer City Council has and will continue to call on the Province to plan for a long-term local treatment facility and/or solution. However, at this time, there is no provincial support or funding allocated for long-term treatment solutions in Red Deer.
The City continues to call on the province for long-term treatment solutions and strategies that address the community safety issues stemming from the current health and opioid crisis in Red Deer and Alberta.
*Housing First is a recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services as needed.
What can you do? Write a letter to your local MLAs.
Write a letter to your local MLAs and call for support and funding of a long-term treatment centre/options in Red Deer. Health is a provincial responsibility, and we need all orders of government to work together to find solutions.
Ms. Adriana LaGrange (UCP)
MLA for Red Deer-North
202, 5913 - 50 Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 4C4
Mr. Jason Stephan (UCP)
MLA for Red Deer-South
201, 4327 - 54 Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 4L9