What are we up to?
The members of arches are all active participants in advocating for harm reduction in alberta. please see below for some of our current endeavours!
As of March 2023, an amendment to the Mental Health Services Protection Regulation limited prescribing short-acting opioids for the management of opioid use disorder. Prior to this change, physicians and NPs were able prescribe short-acting opioids (also known as prescribed safer supply) to their clients to help separate them from the dangerous unregulated drug supply.
Patty Wilson is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner who works with clients who experience complex mental health, use substances, and encounter high barriers to equitable health care. Working in outreach, harm reduction settings, and opioid agonist therapy, she is an advocate for her clients.
ANCHR’s President, Patty Wilson, will present on the complexities of this change to prescribing authority and the evidence underpinning prescribed safer supply.