Note: The information and material here may trigger unpleasant feelings or thoughts of past abuse. Please contact the 24 Hour KUU-US Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717 or the 24 Hour Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 if you require emotional support.
Substance use prevention and treatment include a range of community-based services and supports: prevention; health promotion; early identification and intervention; referral; aftercare and follow-up services. These services are offered in addiction treatment centres, which provide culturally relevant in-patient, outpatient and (day or evening) programs for alcohol, solvents and other drug addictions.
Substance Use (Abuse) can have a very negative effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Through prevention and treatment, individuals and communities are enabled to address issues related to Substance (mis)use.
Objective: To support First Nations communities in establishing prevention and treatment programs to reduce and prevent alcohol, drug, and solvent abuse among on-reserve populations and support overall community wellness.
Prevention initiatives strive to:
• Prevent substance use and/or abuse, • Delay age of first substance use, and • Avoid high-risk substance use
• Identify individuals at elevated risk for substance abuse • Collect information to refer the client to the appropriate treatment (such as outpatient, day or evening treatment, or a residential treatment centre) • Identify any additional services required (e.g. detoxification, mental health treatment)
• Use of prescribed medications • Behavioural therapy (such as individual or group counselling) • Cognitive behavioural therapy • Culturally-based activities
Harm reduction aims to meet people where they're at - with open arms, acceptance and compassion and not with judgment or shame. Harm reduction recognizes that every life is valuable and that substance use and addiction are complex and challenging.
"Take Home Naloxone" is a provincial program run by the BC Centre for Disease Control. It aims to expand access to naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug that prevents overdose death. Physicians and nurse practitioners can write prescriptions for naloxone. With the expansion of this program, naloxone kits can also be ordered and dispensed by registered nurses to people with past or current opioid use (prescription or non-prescription). It is crucial for community health nurses to be engaged with people who are using drugs - otherwise, this life-saving treatment will not reach those most in need.
Starting in June of 2016 naloxone can be purchased at a pharmacy and will be covered by Health Benefits.
To register your community as a Take Home Naloxone site, complete the attached BCTHN New Site Registration Package and fax to (604) 707-2516. If you have any questions about the registration process, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on naloxone, follow this link: http://towardtheheart.com/naloxone/
Please find online the following documents:
If your community requires immediate support for Take Home Naloxone training, such as following an overdose in the community, FNHA can provide support. Contact Janine Stevenson to set up a training: Janine.Stevenson@fnha.ca
Stay tuned to the FNHA Youtube Channel for posting of the Learning Circle video: www.youtube.com/user/fnhealthcouncil
For more information and/or assistance with questions about harm reduction, please contact Janine Stevenson, Nurse Specialist in Harm Reduction: Janine.Stevenson@fnha.ca
The FNHA is committed to maintaining services with minimal disruption as a result of transfer. As regional planning proceeds we will begin to review and redesign policies. To allow First Nations to be part of the process in a meaningful way, we will be seeking direction regarding assessment and setting priorities for redesign.
Carrier Sekani Family Services (Najeh Bayou)
Interior Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Society
Kackaamin Family Development Centre
Namgis Substance Abuse Treatment Centre
Nenqayni Wellness Centre
North Wind Healing Centre
Round Lake Treatment Centre
Telmexw Awtexw Treatment Centre (Sts'ailes) Band
Tsow-Tun Le Lum Treatment Centre
Wilp Si'Satxw House of Purification