Funding for Prairie Harm Reduction!

Funding for Prairie Harm Reduction!

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The lifesaving work of Prairie Harm Reduction is needed more than ever in Saskatoon. The Government of Saskatchewan failed to meet the funding requirement need to provide a safe and supportive place for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. 

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Prairie Harm Reduction (PHR) is disappointed that the Government of Saskatchewan has decided not to fund Safe Consumption Services in Saskatchewan despite their own internal reporting that this service saves lives, saves money, and has no adverse affects on crime rates. The Government of Saskatchewan has shown that despite last years expansion of treatment beds they that have not be able to effectively mitigate overdose deaths or mental health access in Saskatchewan.


The Provincial Government will be rolling out an awareness campaign around the addiction’s crisis 2021. The only thing this campaign will be able to do is inform the public that hundreds of people have died due to overdoses. Public awareness campaigns have no data to backup their effectiveness at stopping overdose deaths.
Minister Hindley informed us that the province is announcing three mobile harm reduction vans that will offer needle exchange services and potentially drug testing in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert. Mobile needle exchanges already exist in all three communities. If the plan is to expand services that means in Saskatoon the vans will likely be operating further into the Riversdale BID, Downtown BID, and the 33rd St BID. There were no plans to increase community needle pick up services in these communities.


Provincial naloxone expansion is great, but falls drastically short of best practice, which is free naloxone for anyone in Saskatchewan, at any pharmacy.
Focus has been placed on harm reduction vending machines which is a great approach to deal with the HIV crisis in 2016, but doesn’t do anything to address overdose deaths or deaths in the community.


In January of 2021 PHR had an individual who was highly suicidal access our Safe Consumption Site. PHR as well as a mental health nurse from another organization conducted multiple suicide interventions over the course of two weeks. After multiple attempts to connect the individual with multiple health programs throughout the city they were continually turned away and denied services. The individual ended up committing suicide via intentional overdose in a public washroom when we were not operational.


This is just one example where PHR staff were able to effectively keep people safe during a complex mental heath and addictions crisis, but were unable to respond due to limited hours and funding.


The Government of Saskatchewan’s approach is reminiscent of government approaches to the AIDS crisis in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Sadly it may take another 400 deaths before any meaningful measures will be implemented. PHR will continue to meet with the Government of Saskatchewan to ensure that they understand the impacts this is having on Saskatchewan families.

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