Recently, a decision was made by the Ministry of Health to provide coverage for the commercially available Metadol-D product (DIN 2244290) as an alternative for patients in the community who cannot take or are not benefiting from Methadose. As of May 28, 2019, Metadol-D (10mg/mL) is eligible for regular benefit coverage through PharmaCare.
New Professional Practice Policy for Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment and an accompanying policy guide will come into effect on September 1, 2018.
On November 28th 2017, BC’s Director of Licensing updated the Standard of Practice for the Prevention of Opioid Overdose Deaths in Community Care Facilities. These changes were minor in nature - they reflect the evolving nature of this issue, and provide further clarification on requirements.
Learn about the Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program (POATSP) and Online Addiction Medicine Diploma developed by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU).
The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Health, has released a new Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder. Effective June 5, 2017, this guideline is the provincial reference tool for all health care professionals in BC involved in treating patients with opioid use disorders.
A Fentanyl patch is a medication adhesive transdermal patch that is placed on the skin to deliver a specific dose of fentanyl through the skin. Improper disposal of these patches is a risk for diversion, illicit use and overdose. Accidental exposure to the patches can also cause serious harm to members of the public including children, pets, sanitation workers, as well as our water supply.
Earlier this year, the BCCSU and the Ministry of Health (MoH) released a new Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder. Starting on June 5, 2017, this guideline will become the provincial reference tool for all health care professionals in BC involved in treating patients with opioid use disorders, and the management of the Provincial Methadone Program will transition from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia to the BCCSU.
BC’s opioid crisis continues to escalate. Up until November 2016, the Province experienced 755 unintentional overdose deaths from illicit drugs in British Columbia, an average of about 2 people per day...