Anew team created specifically to offer all-in-one services for people suffering from addiction problems has been unveiled by the Fraser Health Authority. The team aims to help people by offering treatment options and support services for those who wish to quit the habit. It was formed based on the feedback offered by drug users themselves, most addicted to opioid-based pain-killers.
A survey was conducted, and over one thousand drug users participated, sharing their experiences and what they think is needed so that the team can perform with maximum efficacy.
According to the Minister of Mental Health and addictions Judy Darcy, the innovative format of the clinic will help people seeking help in a fast manner, which can make a difference and sometimes even save lives in the case of people who overdosed.
A prime motivation for the initiative was the fact that many persons who participated in the survey stressed out that it is important to have all the service available in one place. A similar project was launched at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, were a rapid access drug addictions clinic and overdovse prevention center were announced.
The projects are part of a larger initiative that aims to curve down drug use in British Columbia, after a study released recently showed a closed correlation between drug addiction and poverty. In some cases, the effects of addiction are deadly as more than 1400 people died from illegal drugs use in 2017. It has to hard to track down and prevent incidents as many drug users are living in isolated conditions, avoiding contact with other people unless they need the next dose or money. The fact that most people look down on drug addicts and offer harsh criticism instead of offering a helping hand further exacerbates the problem.
It remain to be seen how effective will the initiative be in the long run.