Harm Reduction

Staying safer and healthier at the conference

There are a number of measures that the conference is taking to assist people who use substances. We know that being in a new location can make getting what you need a bit more difficult.

During the conference, you will find:

The Stimulus Overdose Prevention Site will operate throughout the conference from 8:00am until 5:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8:00am until 12:30pm on Friday.

Drug Checking will operate from 11:15am – 1:00pm on Wednesday, 11:30am – 2:00pm on Thursday and from 11:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

Thank you to Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health and to the Shaw Conference Centre for all of their work.


It is important to be aware that the substances on the street in Alberta are extremely poisonous. When there have been checks made on the substance residue in the Edmonton Supervised Consumption Service, the drugs have NEVER been what the person using it thinks it is. The overdose rate is extremely high, and it often takes more than 6 doses of naloxone to revive someone.

Please be extremely careful. It is best to have a reliable supply with you. We need you to take care of yourself and take care of the people around you. Never use alone. Check on people if you notice they aren’t around. We do not want to lose anyone during the conference, or EVER.

There will be supplies available at the Shaw Conference Centre in Salon 1 but there are 2 important things to know:

1) We have tried to get a variety of equipment but may not have all of the supplies that you may be familiar with.

2) In Alberta, the Government of Alberta will not fund the costs of inhalation equipment. People may want to bring what they need from home.

Metro City Medical Clinic and Downtown Prescription Centre have partnered with Stimulus 2018 to assist with maintenance treatment for attendees! Located around the corner from the Coast Edmonton Plaza (AAWEAR and CAPUD Host Hotel), we are only a 15- minute walk to the Shaw Conference Centre.

For more information, please read their brief.

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