An expert on the front line of addiction treatment has questions about how people with opioid addictions are being treated in prison, and what assistance they receive when they get out.
Dr. Annabel Mead with St. Paul’s Hospital says in the first few weeks of Vancouver’s mobile injection site a significant proportion of the overdoses she’s seen are men recently released from prison.
She says from what she’s hearing they’re not getting the treatment they need.
“We are certainly seeing that people have opiate use disorder and they’re not being treated with opiate substitution therapy and they’re not being offered it on discharge and they’re coming out and they are overdosing as a result.”
Mead says she thinks more could for be done upon release to link those with addictions to community care.
BC Corrections and Corrections Canada have been contacted for comment.
In 2016, illicit drug overdoses killed 914 people in British Columbia.