B.C.’s opioid crisis stokes debate about addiction management versus abstinence (Vancouver Coastal Health)

Members of B.C.’s addiction recovery community are outraged after a medical health officer working on the overdose crisis suggested addicts should use prescribed drug treatments for the rest of the lives.

“[There’s] a need for lifelong treatment that will allow you to function,” Patricia Daly, leader of Vancouver Coastal Health’s response to the overdose crisis, told delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference Sept.11.

Yet while long-term medication is a viable option for maintenance while in 12-step recovery programs, there is public pressure to remain completely drug free, which may not be as effective a long-term solution, Daly said.

Jeremy Hainsworth reports.

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