The Opioid Crisis: Lessons From Ground Zero-Nahum Ip
Vancouver, Canada is the hotbed of the opioid crisis in America. To date, the province of British Columbia has experienced more than 2,000 opioid deaths and 24,000 saved. In this session, we will explore the various methods the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) used to combat this epidemic, from taking extra care of our paramedics, to placing a mobile hospital in the middle of downtown, to lobbying governments to curb drug imports and changing the response model.
1. Trace the history of the opioid crisis in Vancouver, BC;
2. Apply how the city dealt with the crisis within the ambulance service and the challenges faced to your own practice;
3. Apply how BCAS dealt with critical incident stress and burnout issues within their ambulance service to your own service.
British Columbia Centre of Disease Control. (2016, February 15). Recommendations for an opioid overdose strategy in BC. Retrieved from British Columbia Centre of Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/news-releases/2016/recommendations-for-an-opioid-overdose-strategy-in-bc
British Columbia Centre of Disease Control. (2018). Opioid Overdose Emergency Snapshot. Retrieved from British Columbia Centre of Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/PublishingImages/opioid-overdose-emergency-snapshot.pdf
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