Welcoming New Clinical Manager

Red Deer’s Overdose Prevention Site Welcomes New Clinical Manager

Turning Point Society continues to streamline critical overdose prevention services to Central Albertans as a new Clinical Manager takes on the leadership of the temporary Overdose Prevention Site.

RED DEER, ALBERTA, Jan. 1, 2023 — Turning Point Society is pleased to announce Cori Carlson (RN, BScN) as the Overdose Prevention Site’s (OPS’s) new Clinical Manager, effective January 1, 2022. Carlson joined the OPS as a registered nurse in 2020, delivering specialized supervision and support that she now carries into her new position.

“I’m excited to take on this new role as Clinical Manager while continuing to work alongside the amazing Overdose Prevention Site staff and the entire Turning Point Society team,” said Carlson. “I know first-hand what it’s like to work on the front lines and have several ideas planned for the future.”

Turning Point Society’s Executive Director, Stacey Carmichael, praised Carlson for her seamless transition into the role, adding that the role’s importance “can’t be understated.”

“This position requires a complex and diverse skillset that Cori brings to the table,” said Carmichael. “She is a welcome addition to the Turning Point leadership team and I look forward to our future collaboration.”

About the Overdose Prevention Site

In response to rising overdose fatalities in Red Deer, the Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) was opened by the Turning Point Society of Central Alberta in Collaboration with the Alberta Government on October 1, 2018. The site offers a hygienic environment where community members can orally consume, snort, or inject pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of trained staff. In 2022, the OPS was accessed 38,094 times, with staff delivering 1,493 suspected overdose reversals.

Turning Point Society’s Overdose Prevention Site

Cori Carlson, RN, BScN, Clinical Manager | E: cori.carlson@turningpoint-ca.org

Kaleigh Knievel, ACP, Team Lead | E: kaleigh.knievel@turningpoint-ca.org

Executive Director, Stacey Carmichael | E: stacey.carmichael@turningpoint-ca.org