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Provincial review underway for proposed new supervised drug consumption sites

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Alberta’s UCP government announcing this week it’s suspending funding for new supervised drug consumption site (SCS) pending a review.

Three proposed sites are impacted in Red Deer and Medicine Hat and mobile site in Calgary.

Lethbridge-East MLA Nathan Neudorf tells our radio station this review does not impact the local site here at least not yet. “It’s in an effort to a full comprehensive review of the entire services. I think in Lethbridge we’ve seen the challenges when you only look at one aspect, like only harm reduction. We also have to look at prevention, enforcement as well as treatment and recovery.”

The former NDP government did announce money for detox and intox service for Lethbridge a few months back, however that cash is still in the que for future facilities.

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The Lethbridge SCS is said to be the most heavily-used facility of its kind in North America and possibly even the world.

Neudorf says once the proposed supervised consumption sites have been reviewed, then perhaps the existing ones would be look at as well. “Obviously we are looking at the new proposed sites first. Once those ones have a straight forward plan, then maybe they would move to some of the existing ones. That’s something we’ve talked to the city (City of Lethbridge) about, stakeholders involved as well as EMS and police.”

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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