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Kate Hodgson says nurses can increase access to treatment options in remote places, including First Nations communities. (Photo Credit: Kamloops This Week)
Kate Hodgson says nurses can increase access to treatment options in remote places, including First Nations communities. (Photo Credit: Kamloops This Week)

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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