Posted in on January 25, 2023
On April 14, 2016, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared a Public Health Emergency under the Public Health Act due to the unprecedented rise in deaths due to opioid overdoses in British Columbia. While significant improvements in care have been made since this declaration, the number of people dying in BC has continued to rise.
Improving access to appropriate and effective treatments and supports is critical to preventing overdoses before they happen. Through substance use journey mapping sessions and LOUD in the ED, our provincial initiative focused on ED care, we are supporting improvements in care for people who use opioids.