Addiction-fighting drug now easier to prescribe

By Jill Sperling
July 7, 2016 - 2:25pm Updated: July 7, 2016 - 3:44pm

KAMLOOPS — A drug that's used to fight opioid addiction is now easier to get a hold of in B.C. 

Health Minister, Terry Lake says the College of Physicians and Surgeons has relaxed regulations for prescribing and administering Suboxone. 

He says Suboxone is a safer alternative to methadone - a drug also commonly used to treat addictions. 

"Methadone can cause overdoses by itself," Lake said. "With Suboxone we don't have the risk of overdose, it's much easier to administer, and so the college has lowered the barriers to enable more physicians to be able to prescribe it without having to take extended courses."

Lake says Suboxone is a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine - which work to limit the effect of addictive drugs, such as heroin. 

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