The ban on safe supply: An Alberta case study

In October 2022, Alberta underwent changes to their prescribing regulations, and safer supply was effectively banned in the province. These changes restrict prescribing to a small number of clinics and require witnessed dosing.  These clinics were renamed Narcotic Transition Services.

This case study explored the implications of these prescribing regulation changes, examined the framing used to construct narratives about safer supply and the individuals who accessed these medications, and discussed the outcomes following the ban of safer supply in Alberta.

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Kate Colizza and Patty Wilson