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The Case for Suboxone : A Practice Support Tool for Novice Nurse Practitioners Minhas, Reena


Recent data released by the BC Coroners Service attributes 1,422 deaths in 2017 to overdose of illicit drugs in British Columbia (BC) (Office of the Chief Coroner, Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General [OCC], 2018). Not only are deaths from drug overdose are largely underreported and therefore underrepresented in statistics, this conservative estimate is expected to continue to rise as toxicology reports continue to result (OCC, 2018). In anticipation of Opiate Agonist Therapy initiation becoming a part of nurse practitioners’ scope of practice in BC, this paper will discuss relevant prescribing guidelines and present a literature review and practice support tool for initiation of buprenorphine-naloxone, a promising option for treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.

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