Opioid use disorder is a medical condition that can be treated with opioid agonist therapy (OAT). OAT is a safe option for substance use and is part of a continuum of harm reduction services.
OAT is an effective treatment for people dependent on different types of opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), fentanyl and Percocet. The therapy involves taking opioid agonist medication, such as methadone (Methadose) or buprenorphine (Suboxone). These medications prevent the effects of withdrawal and reduce cravings for opioid drugs. OAT is prescribed by a doctor and can be accessed through public service providers, private clinics, and residential or outpatient treatment programs.
For people experiencing addiction to opioids, OAT can be a helpful part of their healing journey. For more information on how to access OAT and to review Frequently Asked Questions, see the Resources section below.
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Private clinics can directly bill the FNHA for OAT clinic fee costs charged to people in BC with First Nations status. See below for an outline of the processes.
For First Nations Clients:
For OAT Service Providers: