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April 10th, 2014
Earlier this week, Doctors of BC (formerly the British Columbia Medical Association) passed a policy resolution that promotes harm reduction efforts that strengthen communities and improve the health of British Columbians. The resolution states:
“The Doctors of BC supports community-based programs that offer naloxone and other opioid overdose prevention services. The Doctors of BC also encourages education of health workers and opioid users about the use of naloxone in preventing overdose fatalities”
In a letter addressed to Dr. Jane Buxton, the Harm Reduction Lead at BCCDC, Doctors of BC President Dr. William Cunningham recognized the importance of the BC Take Home Naloxone (THN) program to continue preventing overdose fatalities.
The BC harm reduction program would like to thank Dr. Roy Purssell, Chair of the Emergency Medical Services Committee for Doctors of BC, and the Medical Lead for the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre, for bringing the resolution to the Council on Health Promotion and the Board of Directors for approval.
We also thank all staff and peers at participating BC THN sites for their continued enthusiasm, support and dedication to promote health and wellness for all British Columbians.
The Harm Reduction Program is part of the BC Centre for Disease Control. We believe every person has the right to the best health possible and should be treated with dignity and respect.
We advocate for a community-based participatory model where patients are partners. We see ourselves as 'co-learners' meaning we understand that clients are the ‘experts’ with lived experiences and, to reciprocate, we are open and share our knowledge and our expertise. We believe in including people who use illegal drugs from across BC in policy decisions and program changes.
About Harm Reduction
Harm reduction aims to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high-risk behaviour. Harm reduction involves a range of support services and strategies to enhance the knowledge, skills, resources, and supports for individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.
The evidence shows it works and has many benefits for people who use substances, their families, and communities.