Increasing Access to Mobile Harm Reduction Services in Prince Albert

CANADA, November 25 – Posted on November 25, 2022

Five days a week, the government’s five disaster relief vehicles operate in Prince Albert, emphasizing disease prevention, addiction and prevention of excess support for individuals in the community while working with clients where they live, and creating pathways to long-term treatment and recovery.

“It is important to connect with vulnerable clients who may not be able to access mainstream health services,” said Minister for Mental Health and Rights Everett Hindley. “Mobile services provide an opportunity to build relationships with health care organizations and services while bringing lifesaving resources and education to individuals. to recovery and treatment.”

Evidence shows that harm reduction programs reduce the negative effects of addiction for individuals, families and communities and prevent the transmission of blood and blood transfusions. Harm reduction is part of a continuum of services that ensures people can access help when and where they need it. These services include awareness, prevention, education and treatment options that address the unique needs of residents with substance use issues.

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Damage reduction vehicles are operating in Prince Albert, North Battleford, Yorkton, Saskatoon and Regina. Operating in Prince Albert five mornings per week, emergency van staff provide injection and booster kits, personal safety equipment, naloxone, and consumer education on how to use naloxone. Vans provides take-back and delivery options to reduce discarded needles in the community as well as basic health care such as treating wounds, infections or HIV testing.

“We have seen success so far in reaching as many potential customers as possible on the streets and avenues of Prince Albert. We are developing relationships with people who have become customers,” said Vice President of Integrated Northern Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority Andrew McLetchie. . “Potential customers are familiar with the vehicle and are developing relationships there. Customers who engage in care with the vehicle tell us they appreciate the services available. in society.”

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The Ministry of Health is investing $470 million in mental health and addictions services in 2022-23, including an additional $8 million for mental health and addictions programs aimed at providing treatment and reducing the harms associated with substance abuse. The budget also includes statewide investments, such as $2.1 million for 150 more addiction treatment facilities, expansion of the Take Home Naloxone Kit Program to more than 85 communities and $1 million to the Army for various research and social projects.

Planning is currently underway to implement more mobile crime reduction services, including three new community welfare buses that will travel to communities in the south, central and north of Saskatchewan’s future.

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