Opiate overdoses are on the rise. Service providers in British Columbia have plans to deal with overdose and substance abuse issues from opiates. If you need support to deal with opiate use and you want to receive treatment, these clinics can help.
What are the treatment options?
Opioid agonist therapy involves medication that can help with cravings and withdrawal. Medications such as Methadone and Suboxone will help to overcome opiate use.
Clinics and community organizations around BC can help you identify the best plan for your needs, whether it is a treatment centre, agonist therapy, or another option.
How can I access treatment in BC?
Many health centres across BC are set up to help you access different treatment options for opiate use.
You can call a health services navigator at 8-1-1 to find the location of your closest resource. An operator provides you with a list of programs in your area.
Online, you can:
What are my options in the lower mainland?
In the lower mainland, the number of clinics continue to expand their service options.
The Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC) is staffed by an addiction care team on the second floor of the Burrard Building at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
The Medical Mobile Unit, a temporary service, has addictions physicians on staff 9am-9pm. You can reach them at 604-681-5240 to confirm their location and make an appointment.
Vancouver Coastal Health Substance use Treatment and Response Team (START) can provide quick at-home detox in Vancouver. Call them at 604-658-1278 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Find referrals at
- Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) at 604-875-8289
- Access Central is a telephone service that provides access to withdrawal management services and addictions housing. 1-866-658-1221
Downtown Eastside Connections can provide opioid agonist treatment at 569 Powell Street, Monday to Friday. You can call them at 604-255-3151.
PHS Health Care Clinic, at 412 East Cordova offers full primary care and opiate addictions treatment with walk-ins. 604-879-7906
Pender Primary Care clinic is accessible at 59 West Pender Street. Clients should drop-in 10:30am-12:30pm. 604-669-9181
Raven Song Primary Care Clinic is located at 2450 Ontario Street. If you can’t make the 1-3pm drop-in time, call their clinical coordinator at 604-709-6401 to figure out a different time.
Three Bridges Primary Care Clinic at 1292 Hornby Street also has 1-3pm drop-in times. Call their coordinator 604-633-4208 if you need to arrange a different time.
For mothers and folks recently or currently pregnant, Sheway at 533 E Hastings St operates 11:30am-3:30pm weekday drop-ins. 604-365-8996.