Suboxone added to Pharmacare (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

In an effort to address what it calls a “prescription opioid epidemic” in the province, the Ministry of Health has added Suboxone to PharmaCare coverage.

The drug, a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, can be used in place of methadone in treatment of addictions to drugs such as fentanyl, heroin and oxycodone. The drug can only be prescribed by doctors who have had special training in that area of medicine and who are licensed to order the drug.

The study, by Thomas Kerr, Julio Montaner and Stephanie Lake of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/ AIDS, argues cannabis is a better treatment than painkillers like oxycontin and morphine.

Dale Bass reports.

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