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Improving access to treatment for opioid addiction in B.C.: An assessment of policy options

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British Columbia is currently experiencing an opioid overdose crisis. Accessibility of treatment is integral to reducing overdoses among individuals struggling with addiction and those who decide to reach out for help. However, these individuals face considerable barriers to accessing treatment. This study examines these barriers and proposes policy options to improve access to treatment for opioid addiction in B.C. Policy options are developed and analyzed through conducting a case study analysis, expert interviews, and an analysis of secondary focus group data with individuals who have lived and living experience of substance use. Policy options are evaluated using a multi-criteria analysis. Based on the analysis, this study recommends the implementation of multi-year grant funding to peer support programs and the creation an addictions unit within the existing provincial telehealth network.
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