As the province grapples with a wave of deaths related to opioids, a new report is out with a handful of recommendations calling on current and incoming doctors and nurses to be armed with addiction tools.
The B.C. team of Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Abuse is calling for advanced options.
“Formal training or education in the field of addiction medicine has been lacking at all stages if medical education, from medical school through residency fellowship and even to physicians who are already out in already out in practice.”
That’s UBC Clinical Assistant Professor Doctor Seonaid Nolan.
The report calls for current doctors to gain extra training in under-served areas and post-graduate options.
Nolan says the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is in the process of looking at addiction medicine as specialty.
“Appropriate financial remuneration because most addiction physicians generally require more time per patient without having any additional billing fees available to them.”
She says across B.C., there are only 25 formally trained addiction providers under the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
Taking a look across health authorities, just five — three in the Interior and two with Fraser Health.