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  • BC Take Home Naloxone program marks 2 year anniversary

    August 26th, 2014

    August 31, 2014, marks International Overdose Awareness Day and the anniversary of BC's Take Home Naloxone (THN) program. Being the only provincial program in Canada that has been in continuous operation for more than a year, the BC THN program aims to reduce harms and deaths due to opioid overdose. 

    At 51 participating sites spread across all five regional health authorities, site staff provide training on how to prevent, recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, including administering naloxone. Naloxone is a safe medication that restores breathing during an overdose event; it cannot be abused and has no effect in the absence of opioids.

    The program has received reports of over 125 overdose reversals over the past 24 months. The evaluation of the program in its first year of implementation is now available here. Additional program stats can be viewed by clicking on the infographic.

     

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  • Harm Reduction in BC

    May 12th, 2014

    Did you know that over 4 million condoms and 8 million needles were distributed in 2013 through harm reduction distribution sites in BC? 

    Harm Reduction in BC

    Such harm reduction initiatives have helped to decrease the rate of HIV and other bloodborne infections among people who use drugs. 

    This infographic created by the Centre for Addictions Research BC showcases other effective harm reduction programs that promote the well-being of British Columbians.

    Thank you to all our government and community partners who support and deliver these programs on the ground. 

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  • Doctors of BC endorses BC Take Home Naloxone program

    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:

    Doctors of BC“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.

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  • Multilingual Posters for Methadone Changes

    January 29th, 2014

    Starting Feb 1st, methadone dispensed from pharmacies in BC will change from a compounded 1mg/ml solution dispensed as a orange flavored drink, to a standard 10mg/ml, cherry flavored liquid called Methadose®. The new solution is 10 times more concentrated than the methadone being used now, so a smaller volume will be dispensed to patients. For more details refer to our earlier post here.

    Raising public awareness of the change in formulation is crucial at this time. Our posters are now available in multiple languages (click on language).

    Full posterEnglish

    Simplified Chinese

    Punjabi

    Landscape English

    Simplified Chinese 

    Punjabi 

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  • Upcoming Changes to BC Methadone Maintenance Program

    January 10th, 2014

    As of February 1st, 2014 the formulation of methadone dispensed from pharmacies in BC will change from a compounded 1mg/ml solution dispensed as a orange flavored drink, to a standard 10mg/ml, cherry flavored liquid called Methadose®. The new solution is 10 times more concentrated than the methadone being used now, so a smaller volume will be dispensed to patients.

    Full poster for HR sitesThe other change to note is that ‘carries’ will no longer be diluted, but will be dispensed in small, child-proof bottles; each containing a daily dose of the cherry-flavoured liquid. Despite the smaller volume, the effect of Methadose®is the same as the methadone currently being compounded.

    Same Medicine, Less JuiceSpread the word by putting up posters at your site! (click image to download)   

     ***NEW*** Think Before You Drink poster (available in more sizes here)

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