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AUGUST 11, 2019  – Opioid agonist therapy involves using long-acting opioid drugs such as methadone or Suboxone to replace other opioid drugs such as heroin or fentanyl. Because the replacement drugs act more slowly, they can prevent withdrawal symptoms for 24 to 36 hours without causing a person to get high.

Kelly Reid, Island Health’s director of mental health and substance use, says there “absolutely” has been a push to put people on Suboxone, which he calls a “medical, evidence-based approach to addictions medicine” that can help people addicted to drugs stabilize and move on with their lives.

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