In 2017, deaths from accidental overdoses increased by 40 per cent in Alberta. As the opioid epidemic worsens, organizations from all over Alberta are applying to open their own supervised consumption sites: both mobile and stationary.

There are two main ways cities can address the creation of supervised consumption sites: stationary or mobile.

Turning Point in Red Deer is looking to create a safe site at their current downtown location, the HIV North Society in Grande Prairie is petitioning for a mobile site, rather than a stationary one.

Regardless of the location, both organizations stress the importance of addressing the need in Alberta communities.