Towards a provincial policy framework for substance use services in BC

Opioid use disorder is one of the most challenging forms of addiction facing the health care system in BC and is a major driver of the recent surge in illicit drug overdose deaths in the province. In the context of the current public health emergency, Provincial Health Services Authority agencies the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) have identified an urgent need for a policy framework articulating the full range of therapeutic options for the optimal treatment and harm reduction measures those with opioid use disorder.

Drawing on his expertise on substance use, first responder support and policy development, Adam Vaughan will work with experts and researchers at BCCDC and BCMHSUS, senior decision makers in the BC Ministry of Health and regional health authorities, and various addiction-related departments at UBC and SFU to develop a provincial policy framework that outlines a proposed continuum of care for those who require harm reduction, overdose prevention and opioid treatment services.

Vaughan's work on an opioid use disorder continuum of care will also contribute to the current development of an overarching provincial substance use policy framework and ultimately help advance BC drug policy. 

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BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network

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