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BC Centre on Substance Use at St. Paul’s welcomes drug implant as new therapy for opioid dependence

Dr. Seonid Nolan of St. Paul’s Hospital and the BCCSU

A drug for opioid dependence that is inserted under a person’s skin and lasts for six months is a positive addition to the array of existing treatment options, says Seonid Nolan, an addictions medicine doctor at St. Paul’s Hospital.

The matchstick-sized rods, which contain the drug Suboxone, are implanted by physicians under the skin of the arms.

Dr. Nolan, also a clinical researcher with the BC Centre on Substance Use, said the implant is useful because no “one size fits all” when it comes to treating opioid dependence . The therapy, which goes under the brand name Probuphine, has been approved by Health Canada.  Read more about Probuphine and Dr. Nolan’s thoughts here.

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