Nurse practitioners to play critical role saving lives in overdose crisis (BCCSU)


People living with opioid-use disorder now have more options to access life-saving medication that will help support them on their pathway to treatment and recovery.

As of February 14, the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) expanded the opioid treatment prescribing standards to allow nurse practitioners around the province to prescribe medication like injectable hydromorphone, buprenorphine-naloxone and methadone. All are used in the treatment of opioid addiction.

The required training, education and practical experience that nurse practitioners need to prescribe opioid substitution treatment is provided through the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use’s (BCCSU) no-cost Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program. Of the approximately 450 nurse practitioners throughout B.C., more than 60 have completed, or begun, their training.


Rattan Mall reports

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