Saturday, September 25, 2021
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce develops policy supporting comprehensive drug strategy

- Advertisement -

The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce is voicing its support for a comprehensive drug strategy for the city.

Executive Officer, Cyndi Vos, says local businesses and community members have raised concerns about how the supervised consumption site, and the drug crisis in general, is affecting them.

She says the chamber’s new policy “The Economics of Addiction” encourages the provincial government to reconsider the need for a detoxification facility and supportive housing.

Vos says “right now, if you’re interested in going into detox, it’s a 42 day waiting period to get a detox bed so the likelihood of that person going out and consuming more drugs or alcohol is pretty high.”

- Advertisement -   Article continues below ad

The former NDP government had promised $11.2-million for supportive housing in Lethbridge but that funding is under review by the new UCP government.

Vos says the drug crisis is an issue that needs to be addressed by all levels of government – federal, provincial and municipal.

She also says we don’t want to look back five years from now, at an even larger crisis, with regret because there were more assertive steps that could have been taken.

- Advertisement -
Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Lethbridge News

Fraudulent callers claiming to be RCMP officers in Taber

TABER, AB - It appears some fraudsters are making calls in the Taber area claiming to be RCMP officers. Police are warning the public about...

Two Lethbridge men arrested & charged, accused in local vehicle thefts

LETHBRIDGE, AB - Two men are facing charges after Lethbridge Police recovered a number of stolen vehicles this week. On Tuesday, Sept. 21 officers found...

Witness information needed to help with crash investigation

LETHBRIDGE, AB - Anyone who may have witnessed a crash earlier this week between a motorcycle and an SUV at the intersection of Highway...

Canada still working on AstraZeneca’s recognition in US and other countries

OTTAWA, ON - There’s still no word on when or even if American officials will start recognizing AstraZeneca’s vaccine or mixing doses for entry...

Alberta COVID-19 situation worsens as hospitals fill up

LETHBRIDGE, AB - We found out Thursday just how dire the current COVID-19 situation is right now here in Alberta. The number of people in...
- Advertisement -