Written by Nafisa Abdulla, Senior Consultant, Public Affairs, Communications & Public Affairs

We’re expanding access to treatment for people who misuse opioids by opening six new treatment clinics. We will also begin providing medication to treat opioid addiction in emergency departments.

As part of the ongoing work to combat the overdose crisis, we’re improving access to first line treatment for opioid addiction (medications like Suboxone and methadone) with new clinics in Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission and Langley. In addition, we will be implementing a new program that will allow people to begin taking these medications when visiting some emergency departments.

“We want to ensure people have access to treatment options quickly and conveniently by expanding access to medications like Suboxone and methadone for people who are ready to address their addiction,” said Fraser Health Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Victoria Lee. “By opening new clinics and connecting people to treatment while they are still in the emergency department, we can initiate treatment sooner and help them begin the road to recovery.”

Providing these medications in the community is one part of our multi-faceted strategy to address the overdose emergency in our region, which includes approaches such as prevention, harm reduction and treatment. As each new site opens, we will be communicating opening dates and locations.

Read the full news release.

To learn more about opioid treatment, visit www.fraserhealth.ca/opioidtreatment

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