Overdose patients at Vancouver hospital to get take-home opioid medication
2019-02-07 from cbc.ca
John Boyd has been using opioids like fentanyl around Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for about four years.
During that time he's had some close calls and one serious overdose.
"You're walking along and then, 'bang.' The next thing you're looking at is ambulance drivers looking at you telling you you've overdosed," said Boyd, 71.
He said the paramedics who revived him wanted to take him to St. Paul's Hospital, but he declined.
"I've been to St. Paul's before," Boyd laughed. "As anybody will tell you, it's just a nightmare."
But it's at St. Paul's that a new program is being launched for patients who come into the emergency department after an overdose — they'll be discharged with a Suboxone kit.
Patients will get enough of the opioid substitution for three days of treatment, along with easy-to-follow instructions on how to take the medication. The people behind the program say it's the first of its kind in Canada.
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