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First ever paid prescription fentanyl program launches in Vancouver -CBC

Apr 08, 2022

Patients are prescribed fentanyl, go to the pharmacy, pay for it and take it home like any other medication

A first-of-its-kind program is making powdered fentanyl available by paid prescription in Vancouver.

Dr. Christy Sutherland, medical director for PHS Community Services, the organization running the program, said the goal is to meet substance users where they are at, instead of administering alternatives like Dilaudid that patients may not find helpful.

“The common feedback we had from patients was that they would prefer fentanyl, that we needed to match what they were buying from the drug dealer in order to get them away from that street supply. So we worked as a team to create a new fentanyl option for our patients and community,” she said, speaking on CBC’s On The Coast.

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