BC nurse practitioners can now prescribe drugs for opioid addiction (BCCSU)
VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – As BC continues to grapple with an ongoing, widespread deadly opioid crisis, there is some hope to help people. Nurse practitioners in this province now have the power to prescribe drugs used to treat opioid addiction.
The provincial government says the College of Registered Nurses of BC has expanded its standards so nurse practitioners can prescribe medication like injectable hydromorphone, methadone and suboxone.
Nurse practitioners who want to prescribe the medication have to undergo training with the BC Centre on Substance Use, and the province says more than 60 nurses have started the program so far.
By the Canadian Press