$3 million to help health professionals treat addiction

published on August 6, 2014 in Newsroom

VANCOUVER – For those British Columbians and their families who are struggling with addiction, more help is on the way with a $3-million investment to expand and support a provincial addiction medicine education and research training program for clinicians, making it the largest in North America.

Government is partnering with the education, care and research program of Dr. Evan Wood, University of British Columbia professor and co-director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital and medical director, Addictions Services, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care, to harness new ways to treat substance dependence and related health concerns.

“There is an abundance of new knowledge available in the area of substance use disorder treatment. Today’s announcement will lead to translating that information into evidence-based and patient-centred care,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “With the expertise and leadership of Dr. Wood and his colleagues in expanding the number of skilled addiction medicine providers and developing new ways of helping patients, I am confident that BC will remain a leader in addiction treatment education, research and clinical supports.”

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