More hospitals to implement drugs for opioid use disorder

Interior Health is making Suboxone, a drug for opioid use disorder, widely available in hospital emergency departments.

In a statement from Interior Health, they said opioid use disorder (OUD) is a treatable medical condition. People who live with TOU do not have a regular care provider who can help connect them to medication.

“We have implemented inland health region-wide in 20 out of 30 emergency departments.” says Corinne Dolman, addiction services manager at Interior Health.

“This includes Kamloops, Merritt, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke and Lillooet.”

All sites will be included by September of this year.

This project also includes Suboxone “to-go packs” to start patients at home, with a new urgent referral process to connect people to ongoing opioid agonist treatment (OAT) in the community.

The availability of Suboxone has reduced barriers to accessing OAT in communities by providing training for frontline nurses and physicians to prescribe the treatment. It also helps educate patients on how to start it themselves at home.

For more information on OAT, you can visit the Interior Health website here.

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