Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Drug Users to Benefit from Vancouver Program Offering Detox at Home

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Drug Users to Benefit from Vancouver Program Offering Detox at Home

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New Vancouver program brings detox treatment home

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VANCOUVER - Drug users in Vancouver who won't, or can't, attend a residential detox program now have a new, immediate way to kick their habit.

Vancouver Coastal Health has launched START, the Substance use Treatment and Response Team, offering rapid access to at-home detox treatment.

Health authority spokeswoman Mary Marlow says an at-home program meets the needs of those who are trying to hold down a job, have disabilities, are single with children or don't want the stigma of a residential program.

She says applicants must meet certain conditions and have a 24-hour support person available, but if the requirements are met, detox at home can begin very quickly.

Programs run up to two weeks and include daily visits from a nurse over the first five days to stabilize the patient's condition, followed by training during the second week about supports available for continued recovery. …

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