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OAT offers hope for opioid addiction

Thirty-year-old Brittany is loving life these days. She has a job she loves, a new puppy (adorably named Cali – short for California Roll), a cozy home, a vehicle, and recently got engaged. Most importantly, the Kelowna resident who was formerly homeless has control of the opioid addiction that previously cost her everything. Brittany credits…

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Find yourself on OAT

What is OAT? Opioid addiction is a treatable health condition. Opioid Agonist Treatment, or "OAT", describes medicines prescribed by doctors and specialized nurses to help stabilize people who are addicted to opioids like heroin and fentanyl. Common examples of OAT medications are methadone, Suboxone and Kadian. Although everyone's experience of addiction and recovery is unique,…

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We are IH: Rikki Barden

We are IH is a recognition campaign to spotlight Interior Health employees and medical staff – through pictures and stories.  Name: Rikki Barden Worksite: Supervised Consumption Site, Kamloops Years of Service: 3.5 Job Title: Social Worker "You don't know what you don't know, is a quote I find myself saying a lot. I have no…

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Your mental health during COVID-19

During a pandemic, people can experience a wide range of mental health impacts. If you are concerned about your mental wellness you can reach out for advice and support from your primary care provider, local counselling service, or your employer's Employee and Family Assistance Program if available. Or visit this infographic for tips on managing…

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Change begins with me

Have you ever heard the phrase "if you want to make a change in the world, start by changing yourself"? Widespread change might seem difficult to achieve, but it's possible if we decide to do things differently. If you want to fight addiction and stigma, and help end overdose, here are three easy steps to…

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End the stigma: Rachel’s story

To say that Rachel has a big heart would be an understatement. Despite experiencing a lifetime of loss, she smiles easily and is quick to laugh. Rachel wants to help people in whatever way she can. That is why she agreed to share her story and speak about the impact of stigma as a person…

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End the stigma: Brian’s story

Brian is a familiar figure in his community. He is an avid reader who enjoys hiking and is sometimes seen walking with his pet Bearded Dragon draped over his shoulder. “I love her. She keeps me out of trouble,” he says affectionately. “She was quite small when she was born - she was a runt.…

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End the stigma: Jill’s story

Jill is blond, fit and full of energy. She often wears her hair in a bouncy ponytail. But there is a sadness around Jill’s eyes that somehow conflicts with the spring in her step.  The Okanagan mother of two recently retired from a career as a renal nurse. She spends her days in the mountains,…

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Hope for severe opioid addiction

Gina* is a tall, pretty young woman. Her hands, like much of her arms, are covered in ink. Her long hair is a shock of dreadlocks and her voice is not much louder than a whisper. But she is articulate and self-possessed and when she speaks, you lean in and listen. Today she is speaking…