In February alone, officials recorded 19 overdose deaths in Lethbridge, the most for a single month in the city on record.
In instances where a person had died from substance use in 2022 in Alberta, fentanyl has been detected in the person’s body 95% of the time while methamphetamine has been found in 54% of cases and carfentanyl in 38%.
The AHS-operated Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) in Lethbridge was visited 12,157 times in the first quarter of 2022, which is a number that has been fairly consistent over the last year. Medical crews responded to 200 adverse events at the facility located outside of the Lethbridge Shelter and Stabilization Centre.
The OPS is still utilized far less than the former ARCHES Supervised Consumption Site, which reported a peak of 66,168 visits in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Men continue to be disproportionately impacted by drug overdose deaths, accounting for nearly three-quarters of deaths across Alberta. The most common age group is 35-39.