Alberta Health Services is expanding opioid treatment options in Sherwood Park.
A new clinic in the Strathcona Community Hospital will provide medication-assisted treatment and counselling to people struggling with opioid use.
“Through our recent Community Talk initiative, we heard that gaining access to needed services is a challenge in our community," said Rod Frank, mayor of Strathcona County.
Since January 2016, 12 people from Strathcona County have died from opioid overdose. Also during that time, there have been 235 emergency department visits related to opioids by patients from the Sherwood Park area.
"The new provincially-funded opioid dependency clinic means citizens attempting to create a healthy lifestyle, free of addiction, will now be able to access needed treatment right here in our community," added Frank.
A physician and registered nurse will run the clinic starting in December, every Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will start new patients on suboxone or methadone treatment.
The clinic is an expansion of the opioid dependency program offered in downtown Edmonton.