Our 2017 Vibrant Communities Speaker Series resumes Tuesday August 15
Edmonton has been hit hard by an ongoing overdose epidemic that is impacting many people and their families across Alberta. Supervised consumption services are one strategy for saving lives and addressing some of the negative consequences of drug use in our communities.
In this presentation, we will hear from Dr. Elaine Hyshka, an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health and an expert on evidence-based approaches to substance use. She will share the scientific evidence on supervised consumption services including their potential impacts on communities, explain the federal exemption required for implementing these services, and update us on progress on supervised consumption services in other parts of Canada.
When: Tuesday August 15th, doors at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Yellowhead Brewery – 10229 105 Street Northwest, Edmonton
Reserve tickets on our Eventbrite page
Doors at 6:00 PM, our presentation begins at 6:30 PM. Cash bar available with appetizers and discussion afterwards.
Our Guest Speaker
Dr. Elaine Hyshka, BA, MA, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, and the Scientific Director of the Inner City Health and Wellness Program at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Dr. Hyshka’s research focuses on advancing a public health approach to substance use, and is conducted in partnership with health and social service providers, advocacy organizations, and governments at the local, provincial, and national level.
In 2014, Dr. Hyshka conducted the Edmonton Drug Use and Health Survey, which outlined the need for supervised consumption services in the inner core. Since then, she has been working with the Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services in Edmonton coalition, which includes 25 local organizations, to establish these services in Edmonton, as one strategy for promoting the health and safety of people who use drugs, their families, and communities.