“Any life lost to the illness of addiction is a tragedy, and International Overdose Awareness Day is a reminder of those we've lost to addiction. Alberta's government is building a recovery-oriented system of care to ensure that people with addiction have access to treatment and recovery resources that save lives.

“In Alberta, overdose deaths are down 44 per cent in June compared to their peak in November, and down an additional 20 per cent since May. We remain cautiously optimistic that this trend will continue and we will carry on working tirelessly to reduce deaths even further.

“The majority of overdose deaths take place at home, often when someone is using alone. That’s why our government launched the Digital Overdose Response System (DORS) app – a tool that reduces harm specifically designed for people who use opioids and other drugs alone. Available provincewide, the app will help summon emergency services if an overdose is suspected.

“I encourage all Albertans who use substances to download the free app at DORSapp.ca and to always keep a naloxone kit nearby. Free naloxone kits are available anonymously from more than 2,000 locations throughout Alberta.

“When someone begins their pursuit of recovery, we’re here to support them. From free publicly funded detoxification and residential treatment spaces to the award-winning Virtual Opioid Dependency Program, help is available – no matter where you live or your personal circumstances.

“Too many Albertans continue to lose their lives to addiction. On International Overdose Awareness Day, we renew our commitment to helping Albertans pursue recovery.

“If you’re struggling with addiction, we want to help. Call or text Alberta 211 for information about programs, services and supports in your community or visit recoveryaccessalberta.ca.”