Critic blames lack of drug choice for dropout rate from B.C.'s opioid substitution programs (Dr. Michael Krausz)
Record numbers of opioid addicts entered drug substitution programs in B.C. last year, but only one third stick with treatment for 12 months, according to a report issued by the provincial health officer.
More than 3,900 drug users entered programs that prescribe methadone or suboxone last year, but that amounted to a net increase of only 1,292 participants because of the dropouts.
“What does this overdose crisis tell us about our quality of care?” asked Michael Krausz, a psychiatrist and UBC-Providence leadership chair for addiction research. “Why do we have an overdose crisis when countries like Austria, Germany and Switzerland do not?”
Randy Shore reports
Angela White, St. Paul's Hospital Volunteer