VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The emergency department at St. Paul’s Hospital is testing out a whole new approach to getting overdose patients off opioids — just give them Suboxone.
This comes as the B.C. opioid crisis continues to claim more lives around the province.
Suboxone is used as a stepping stone for those with opioid use disorder to help wean them off of heroin or fentanyl.
Under this new two-year pilot project, those who come into St. Paul’s following an overdose will get a three day supply of the drug from a specially-trained addiction nurse.
The kit will come with easy-to-use instructions and a follow-up care plan as Suboxone has its own risks and side-effects.
The first-of-its-kind project is aimed at eliminating as many barriers to treatment as possible.
If effective, this pilot project could be expanded to every emergency department in the province.