British Columbia’s Health Boards Introduce New Addictions Services in Response to Overdose Problem


According to a recent survey released by the Fraser Health Authority, only half of drug users who have accessed addictions services fulfilled their needs, while almost two-thirds of the relatives of those addicted to drugs think that the help is insufficient.

An online survey was posted in May by Fraser Health in order to find out what kind of changes are necessary to improve the services. Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Victoria Lee stated that they are satisfied with the gathered data, which will allow them to improve the support not only for drug addicts, but also for their families and friends.

Fraser Health’s response to the survey

As a result of the survey, Fraser Health has created a new addictions team that will provide doctors and hospital staff with advice regarding their patients. The company also improved its mental health crisis line (1-877-820-7444), which is now available 24/7. Additionally, the health board plans to add new opioid agonist treatment clinics at existing facilities in White Rock and Langley. The already functioning family support programs for relatives and friends are going to be expanded as well.

Vancouver Coastal Health expands its one-stop center at St. Paul’s Hospital

Another health board from British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health, announced on Tuesday the enlargement of its one-stop center at St. Paul’s Hospital for those who have either mental health issues or addiction to drugs. A center for fast assessment, therapy and stabilization, St. Paul’s hub consists of an acute medical unit with 10 beds, a supply room and a nursing station.

According to specialists, the addition of 10 beds will not change the situation drastically, as there are always more patients than the doctors can handle, but it can still save many lives. Every day, three or four people die of drug overdose in British Columbia, so these steps are definitely needed.


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