Substance Use

Substance Use

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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.

LOUD in the ED

The LOUD in the ED Collaborative was a provincial quality improvement initiative focused on ED care for people who use opioids.

Journey Mapping

These mapping sessions explored the current state of treatment options and support for people with substance use concerns in primary care setting.

Community Action Teams

Community Action Teams are an integral part of responding to the overdose crisis in BC and our knowledge exchange aimed to accelerate local work through shared learning.

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Key Contact

Chelsea Hochfilzer
Director, Health System Improvement