School forum: Hosted by the School District, Fraser Health participated in a forum about Fentanyl with the RCMP.
RCMP forum: Hosted by the RCMP, Fraser Health presented at the Community Safety forum.
Events: Participated in multiple community events to raise awareness of the overdose crisis, including the Community Wellness Fair and Run for Life.
Community working groups: Burnaby community working groups work collaboratively to identify new solutions and implement effective strategies.
- Burnaby Healthier Community Partnership: A partnership between Fraser Health, City of Burnaby, School District 41, and Burnaby Division of Family Practice.
- Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative: A partnership between the Burnaby Local Action team , which includes Fraser Health Public Health and Mental Health and Substance use teams, as well as School District 41, Burnaby Division of Family Practice, Burnaby counselling organizations and Burnaby Youth Services.
- Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness: Participants include the City of Burnaby, RCMP, Progressive Housing, Purpose Society, Lookout Emergency Aid Society and community members.
Education and Training
Naloxone training: Naloxone training is available through the Burnaby Public Health Unit and Stride with Purpose Health Van (Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families). Harm reduction and Naloxone training has been provided to a number of community organizations, including Douglas College, Lookout Emergency Aid Society, Salvation Army and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Peer engagement for naloxone distribution: A bi-weekly drop-in engagement group that provides youth and young adults who may not otherwise engage with services with increased access to naloxone kits via peer-to-peer distribution. In Burnaby, this service is provided through Odyssey 1.
Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies: Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies are available at Burnaby Public Health Unit, Burnaby Mental Health Centre and Stride with Purpose Health Van (Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families).
Safe sharps disposal: Sharps disposal services are available at the Burnaby Public Health Unit.
Safe sharps recovery: Community members who find discarded sharps may contact Stride with Purpose Health Van (Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families) to arrange collection.
Surge outreach: Monthly, on weeks when income assistance cheques are issued and during periodic surges in overdose volumes, public health nurses and Mental Health and Substance Use clinicians conduct outreach to areas with high volume of overdoses to distribute Take Home Naloxone, intervene in overdoses, assess and refer people to treatment.
Opioid Agonist Treatment clinics: Improved access to first line treatment for opioid addiction (medications like Suboxone and methadone) with a new clinic opening in Burnaby.
Outpatient substance use programs: Outpatient substance use programs include school-based prevention services, individual and group counselling, family support, psycho-education and opioid agonist treatment. Fraser Health has two owned/operated outpatient programs for children, youth, adults and older adults, one of which is located in Burnaby.
Substance use treatment beds: Burnaby residents requiring treatment services have access to supports throughout the region. The 465 beds are a combination of sobering centre mats, withdrawal management, short-term access to recovery, stabilization and transitional living residence and intensive residential treatment beds. These services include specialized support for Indigenous men and women, young men and women ages 19 to 24, and women (including pregnant women). Of these beds, 17 Stabilization and Transitional Living Residences for individuals post-detox that require additional support are located in Burnaby.
Emergency department Opioid Agonist Treatment: Currently being piloted in Burnaby Hospital emergency department, this new program supports patients to begin treatment with Suboxone while at hospital and be linked to community substance use service for follow-up.
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