Kate Hodgson is among 30 registered and psychiatric nurses in British Columbia who will be able to prescribe Suboxone, a prescription opioid substitute, by the end of the month.
Working in small northern and Interior First Nations communities scattered across hills and winding valleys, registered nurse Kate Hodgson said finding treatment options for people who use substances can be just as difficult as navigating the landscape itself.
Many communities are visited by a family doctor only one or two days a week. Travel to larger centres with more resources can be expensive, dangerous or even impossible with bad weather.
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