By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

The Lethbridge Herald stated that there is work ongoing within Lethbridge, Alberta to plan for actionables with the opioid crisis.

The Lethbridge City Council is working to fix the issues with an ad hoc committee in addition to three community meetings.The issue is gripping the entire country. Many are wondering about the best means by which to deal with these issues ongoing in the nation.

One councillor, Jeff Carlson, stated, “Council is definitely late to the conversation on this one… However, we do have a responsibility to the community and we have to step up and recognize where we can lead.”

Within the ad hod committee, the fundamental targeted objective is to develop a plan of action for tackling the opioid crisis issue. In particular, the coordination with a variety of stakeholders within the community to work on proactive and constructive solutions to be implemented through the action plan.

The residents, businesses, and other stakeholders will be helping with this process, in order to deal with the crisis of overdoses associated with opioids in Lethbridge at the moment. It is an increasing problem locally and nationally, where this then requires the action plans to be developed and implemented through the councils of cities.

The impacts of the crisis centre on the deaths of Canadian citizens but also on the peripheral environment in which illicit and drug-related activity is ongoing, including downtown Lethbridge, petty crime in the geography of Lethbridge, and drug paraphernalia being left lying around.

The public spaces become less safe for the public. This is an issue and a concern.

Councillor Blaine Hyggen moved three amendments to improve the ability of the community to deal with the issues of the community through the committee. The size of the committee will increase from 10 to 20. The stance of many Lethbridge City Council members was an emphasis on the importance of the inclusion of the community and that this should have been several months prior.

The guidelines set about by Health Canada will be the document referenced in the harm reduction plan to be put forward by the council.

Photo by Owen Hartley on Unsplash

Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen


(Last Update: September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail:

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