After pressure from addictions experts and families of overdose victims, the regulatory body overseeing doctors in B.C. is lifting barriers to a prescription drug that could dramatically reduce overdose deaths amid a public health emergency.
B.C.’s College of Physicians and Surgeons is making easier for doctors in B.C. to prescribe Suboxone.
Safer than Methadone
It’s a medication that treats an opioid addiction by relieving withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings.
Doctors say it’s six times safer than Methadone, and reduced overdose deaths by 80% in France when it was deregulated.
Prior to the changes, doctors needed a Health Canada exemption for Methadone before prescribing Suboxone.
Critics said it placed barriers on a medication that could save lives, and address the overdose crisis gripping B.C.
Woman who lost son to oxycodone addiction applauds the move
“Jordan became addicted very quickly to this drug.”
Vancouver Island’s Leslie McBain lost her 25-year-old son, Jordan, to an opioid overdose.
She thinks Suboxone may have saved her son’s life.
Since then, she’s founded the group “Moms Stop the Harm” advocating for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC to allow widespread access to Suboxone.
“I watched and watched him go through it, it was very difficult, so I think Suboxone would have mitigated all of those symptoms, I think it would certainly have given him another chance for recovery.”
Jordan died in 2014.