Alberta's opioid crisis response
How Alberta is responding to the increase in fentanyl- and opioid-related deaths in our province.
How to get help
There are many reasons someone may want help with their substance use, and there are many ways to be helped.
Help doesn't mean you have to stop using if that is not your goal. You don't have to be addicted to opioids, or any substances, to think about getting help.
If you use drugs, don't use alone. Call 911 if you suspect an overdose.
Stop ODsLearn how to reduce the risk and prevent opioid overdoses.
Get NaloxoneNaloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose if it's given right away. Kits are free at sites across Alberta.
Find treatmentTreatment options and resources for patients, family, community agencies and health care professionals.
If you suspect an overdose
1. Call 911 if you or someone you're with used drugs and have any of these symptoms:
- breathing is slow or not breathing at all
- blue nails and/or lips
- choking or throwing up
- making gurgling sounds
- skin is cold and clammy
- won't wake up
2. Follow the SAVE ME steps and naloxone instructions
- initiate rescue breathing
- use naloxone injection kit or Narcan® nasal spray
Canada's new Good Samaritan law provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and call 911 for help.
What we're doing
The opioid crisis in Alberta is a public health crisis. It's a complex issue that requires a multifaceted approach including awareness, treatment, harm reduction and addressing organized crime. We're working with partners to reduce harms and deaths related to opioid use.
Harm reductionHelping people who use substances live safer and healthier lives.
Supervised consumption servicesA safe and hygienic place for people to use drugs under the supervision of trained staff to reduce harm and deaths related to opioid use.
Public awareness grants for communitiesFunding to help community organizations raise awareness and educate Albertans about the opioid crisis.
These printable opioid resources are available in 10 languages.
- français | French
- Siksiká | Blackfoot
- 简体中文 | Chinese simplified
- 繁體中文 | Chinese traditional
- ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐃ | Cree
- ਪੰਜਾਬੀ | Punjabi
- Español | Spanish
- Pilipino | Tagalog
- اردو | Urdu
- Tiếng Việt | Vietnamese
- New opioid treatment clinics in northern Alberta (June 11, 2018)
- Opioid response commission term extended (May 29, 2018)
- Alberta communities tackling opioid crisis (Apr 5, 2018)
- Supervised consumption site to open at Royal Alex (Mar 27, 2018)
- Overdose prevention site opens on Blood Tribe (Mar 9, 2018)
- New tools for family doctors in opioid crisis (Mar 2, 2018)
- Provincial support improves opioid treatment (Dec 19, 2017)
- Opioid services improved for South Asian community (Dec 8, 2017)
- Sherwood Park gets new opioid treatment clinic (Nov 15, 2017)
- Calgary supervised consumption site approved (Oct 27, 2017)
- Supervised consumption sites approved in Alberta (Oct 18, 2017)
- Expanded opioid treatment helps more Albertans (Oct 6, 2017)
- Support for life-saving opioid program (Aug 16, 2017)
- New commission to guide opioid emergency response (May 31, 2017)
- New federal opioid funding will help save lives (Mar 10, 2017)
- Province expands naloxone program, adds treatment spaces (Feb 7, 2017)
- Statement from Alberta ministers on federal response to opioid crisis (Dec 12, 2016)
- Toxic opioid carfentanil linked to 15 deaths (Dec 5, 2016)
- Province bolsters opioid action plan to save lives (Oct 27, 2016)
- Statement from ministers on detection of carfentanil (Oct 7, 2016)
- Carfentanil detected in two deaths in Alberta (Oct 7, 2016)
- Latest steps to combat opioids are welcomed by Justice and Health Ministers (Aug 31, 2016)
- Province improves and expands access to naloxone, opioid treatment and counselling (May 11, 2016)