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Substance Use

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.

Community Action Teams Knowledge Exchange Resources

Community Action Teams (CATs) are an integral part of responding to the overdose crisis in BC. The CAT Knowledge Exchange connects all 35 CATs throughout BC to share learning and accelerate local work to address the overdose crisis.

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LOUD in the ED Resources

Learning about Opioid Use Disorder (LOUD) in the Emergency Department (ED) is a provincial quality improvement initiative focused on ED care for people who use opioids. Check out some of the informative resources available to help you and your team get started on your improvement journey!

View LOUD Resources

Substance Use Journey Mapping

In the summer and fall of 2017, we partnered with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, the First Nations Health Authority and the General Practice Services Committee to host two journey mapping sessions to explore the current state of treatment options and support for people with substance use concerns in primary care settings – from both the health care provider and the patient/peer perspectives. Over 120 health care providers, patients and organizational representatives contributed to the creation of six distinct journey maps.

A final report summarizing the results from both sessions and high-resolution versions of the final maps are available for download.

Journey Mapping Substance Use Treatment Report

This report includes an executive summary, a description of the journey mapping process, an overview of the maps themselves, and a discussion of major themes and change ideas. Next steps are also included.

Read the Report
Substance use journey map

Substance Use Journey Maps

High-resolution versions of all six final maps are available to download and view:

  • Substance Use Treatment Journey: Peer Experiences
  • Accessing Treatment: Provider Experiences
  • Primary Care Case Study: Provider Experiences
  • Overdose in the Park Case Study: Provider Experiences
  • Substance Use Journey: Indigenous Peer Experiences
  • Substance Use Journey: Providers Treating Indigenous Peers Experiences
View the Maps