Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Treatment Centre Compliant with Regulations, Says Report on Overdose Death

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Treatment Centre Compliant with Regulations, Says Report on Overdose Death

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Treatment centre found compliant in overdose death


VANCOUVER - Three days after Brandon Jansen entered his 11th treatment centre for an addiction to the opioid fentanyl, he died partly because an antidote and therapeutic drug that could have stopped his cravings were not available, the centre's chief executive says.

Jansen, who was 20, died in March at the Sunshine Coast Health Centre in Powell River, a month before the province declared a public health emergency in overdose-related deaths.

The coroner's service will hold a public inquest into Jansen's death in January and it has said the case will be used as a new avenue to address the crisis that killed 555 people in the province between January and September.

An investigation by Vancouver Coastal Health released Monday said the private health centre was in compliance with provincial regulations.

Melanie Jordan, chief executive of the centre, said Jansen's death was the only critical incident at the facility since it was first licensed in 2004.

Vancouver Coastal Health said in its report that the RCMP found evidence Jansen most likely got the drugs that contributed to his death from another patient who obtained them while on a day pass.

It said police also found "another illegal substance" in Jansen's room hidden in a container labelled as supplements, which were believed to have been brought to the centre by a family member.

Michelle Jansen said she visited her son the day before he died and did not bring him any supplements or medication.

"I was the one that paid every dollar to put him there and was given assurances of his care and his safety," she said in an interview.

The centre said the investigation also highlighted a number of problems with the health system that prevented staff from having the tools to treat Jansen.

At the time of his death, Jordan said the centre did not carry the opioid antidote naloxone because it could not get the appropriate authorization from provincial health regulators to administer the drug. …

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