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B.C. moves to ‘safe supply’ as overdose deaths spike during COVID-19 pandemic (BCCSU)

Melissa Steinhauer, who is Cree from Saddle Lake in Alberta, is the board secretary for the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS) (Photo credit: CBC News)

‘It took two … health crises to get this to happen,’ says advocate

Melissa Steinhauer remembers the first time she overdosed, waking up surrounded by paramedics and not wanting to be taken to hospital. 

“It was a huge scare for me when I woke up after getting naloxoned,” she said, referring to the medication naloxone used to reverse opioid overdoses. 

Opioid substitution therapies and other safe supply prescriptions aren’t necessarily new in Canada, or B.C., but some of the prescriptions captured in the new guidelines have been difficult to access.  

That’s because only a handful of physicians have been doing this kind of prescribing, according to Cheyenne Johnson, the co-interim director of the B.C. Centre for Substance Use. 

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