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Opioid Treatment and Naloxone

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
 
Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) is also known as Medication-Assisted Treatment. It involves the use of prescribed medications such as Suboxone® or methadone to treat opioid addiction by decreasing withdrawal and helping with cravings.

OAT is the best available treatment for opioid use disorder and it is best predictor of improved outcomes for people with opioid addiction.

Opioid dependence treatment is available to you and your family.  Research and experience tells us that most people cannot just walk away from opioid addiction.  Medication-assisted treatment can help individuals to ‘feel normal again’ and live healthy lives by controlling withdrawal and cravings.  Individuals begin and continue with Suboxone or methadone under medical supervision. Counselling, education, other supports and follow-up are also important and available. 

Services available may include:
  • ongoing support and monitoring (e.g. prescription management, medical follow up, urine testing, counselling and treatment planning)
  • health, safety and risk reduction teaching and management
  • links to community pharmacists
  • links to other addictions treatment services
  • links to social and health supports
Services are voluntary and confidential.

 
Where can I get help?
 
Opioid Treatment Centres
 
Regional Opioid Treatment Centres will provide rapid access to medication-assisted treatment (Suboxone or methadone).  Services can also include peer support, counselling and links to other services.  These centres are not live-in.  Telehealth is an option.  As well, the regional Opioid Treatment Centres can support community-based physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and counsellors upon request.  

The following regional Opioid Treatment Centres are part of the new provincial Hub and Spoke model that is being implemented to improve access to opioid dependence treatment throughout the province.  Referral is not needed.  Call directly or discuss with your healthcare provider:

St. John’s 
Building 532, 80 Charter Avenue (Pleasantville)
Please call us at (709) 752-4478,  Add: or fax: 752-4012 

Gander
50 Memorial Drive East
Please call us at (709) 256-1356, Add: or fax: 256-1357

Corner Brook
35 Boones Road  
Please call us at (709) 634-4506, or fax: 634-0160

Stephenville
127 Montana Drive
Please call us at (709) 643-8740, or fax: 643-9054
 
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Please call us at (709) 897-2344, or fax: 896-4900

 
Family Physicians and Nurse Practitioners
 
Many physicians and nurse practitioners can prescribe medication-assisted treatment (Suboxone or methadone) and they are located throughout the province.  Counsellers are also available.  Feel free to discuss any opioid-related concerns with your healthcare provider.
 
If you do not have a physician or healthcare provider, please call 811 and a HealthLine nurse will give you contact information for your area.
 
Learn more about treatment:
 
Hub and Spoke Model for Opioid Dependence Treatment

As a part of Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador, the Opioid Dependence Treatment Working Group was established in Fall 2017. Under the direction of the Working Group, a new provincial Hub and Spoke Model for Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT) was developed and is currently being implemented across many regions in our province.
 
The model also included the establishment of a Provincial ODT Centre of Excellence. Health Canada has provided funding to Eastern Health over three years under the Substance Use and Addiction Program (SUAP) for this important initiative. The Centre of Excellence is located in Eastern Health and is provincial in scope and mandate.
 
Goals of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Centre of Excellence include:
  • Supporting the implementation of the provincial ODT Hub and Spoke Model
  • Supporting the implementation of evidence informed ODT practices
  • Strengthening ODT performance monitoring and evaluation
  • Increasing opportunities for stakeholder collaboration
  • Increasing opportunities for knowledge exchange and care provider development
Location
 
Provincial ODT Centre of Excellence
Building 532 Pleasantville (Roosevelt Avenue Entrance)
P.O. Box 13122, St. John’s, NL , A1B 4A4
 
Provincial ODT Centre of Excellence Staff Contact Information 
 
Manager: Wayne Bishop
Tel: 752-4596
 
Administrative Support: Sara Warren 
Tel: 752-4298
 
Harm Reduction Consultant: Jane Henderson 
Tel: 752-4292
 
Knowledge Exchange Facilitator: Leigh Thorne 
Tel: 752-3573
 
 
Take Home Naloxone Kits 
 
Call 911 immediately if you think that someone is having an overdose.
Naloxone is a temporary medication that can save a life in the event of a fentanyl or other opioid overdose. Naloxone Kits and instruction are free.
 
Get a Kit
If you are at risk of an opioid overdose or you might witness an overdose, please find a Naloxone Kit near you:
  • Call 811 and a Healthline nurse will provide you with a contact number and location
  • Visit the interactive map of distribution sites
  • Visit the list of distribution sites
Learn more about Naloxone Kits:  

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Updated Jul 26, 2019