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Recommendation 2: Work with the Ministry of Health to create a strict set of regulations and a monitoring system for all recovery centres in the province. This will include security, standards of care and safe discharge plans.
Recommendation 3: Work with the Ministry of Education to ensure that provincial public school education strategies include standardized, up-to-date drug safety messages from primary through secondary school, including mental health literacy and coping strategies and timely referrals to treatment and supports for individuals experiencing problems.
Recommendation 5: Work with public safety partners to acknowledge the harmful impacts of criminalization and punitive drug policies in driving the addiction and overdose crisis, and work with the federal government to decriminalize the possession and use of illicit drugs in Canada.
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Recommendation 13: Utilize BCCSU resources and other relevant tools to establish family support groups across the province.
Recommendation 4: Support the creation of a comprehensive, regularly updated, online resource site, to facilitate access to counselling, patient housing, and financial assistance and thereby improve the chances for families to see success in the recovery of their loved ones.
Recommendation 17: Revise the Coping Kit, a support handbook for families struggling with addiction, and create two condensed versions in partnership with From Grief to Action and the Canadian Mental Health Association – BC.
Recommendation 14: Involve families in developing messaging for provincial public awareness and anti-stigma campaigns regarding addiction and overdose prevention/response, to be rolled out across the province immediately.
Recommendation 10: Increase capacity for rapid access to evidence-based treatment in the province. Individuals who seek treatment need immediate access to evidence-based care.
Recommendation 11: Immediately commit to establishing an effective substance use system of care and involving families in all stages of development and planning. This includes family involvement in the new Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC), as promised at the OERC announcement on December 1st, 2017.
Recommendation 7: Greatly increase capacity to train all healthcare professionals who care for people with substance use disorders and concurrent mental disorders with evidence-based treatments and compassionate, trauma-informed responses. This will include fellowships for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and psychologists.