Nurse practitioners can now prescribe opioid addiction drugs (BCCSU)
Nurse practitioners in British Columbia now have the power to prescribe drugs used to treat opioid addiction, reports the Canadian Press.
The provincial government says the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. 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 B.C. Centre on Substance Use, and the province says more than 60 nurses have started the program so far.
The Canadian Press reports