Opioid crisis: CLPNA supports harm reduction strategies

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On October 27, the Alberta Government announced new programs to address overdoses and deaths related to fentanyl and other opioids including harm reduction strategies to address opioid misuse.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) supports supervised consumption services (i.e., supervising safe injection of street drugs) and the role the Licensed Practical Nurse will take on in providing supervised consumption services and other harm reduction services. The CLPNA is pleased to partner with Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) and to work in partnership with the provincial government and other organizations on this new initiative.

LPNs have been employed in inner city clinics and facilities for many years. Under this new initiative, the LPN role in supervised consumption services may include observing clients who are consuming drugs, assessing for and managing signs of overdose, and when necessary, administering drugs to counter an overdose, according to established protocols. LPNs may also provide education and guidance in safe injection practices, assess clients’ other health/socioeconomic needs and provide support and direction to services as appropriate.

CLPNA is committed to this collaboration and the philosophies of harm reduction. More information to guide LPNs in these roles will be available in the near future.

Questions? Contact info@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).