Methadone services increasing

“While we currently have limited availability for methadone prescribing in Cowichan, more capacity is expected in about three months."

Approximately 20 of the methadone patients left without local service by the departure of Dr. Mark Greenspoon at the Canada Avenue Clinic are now receiving methadone from another area doctor and more local service prescribing methadone will be available in the next few months.

The Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice provided the update in an April 7 e-mail to the Citizen.

“While we currently have limited availability for methadone prescribing in Cowichan, more capacity is expected in about three months,” wrote CVDFP Executive Director Valerie Nicol.

“A doctor at the Beverly Medical Clinic who does methadone prescribing has taken on approximately 20 of the displaced methadone patients in Duncan. This doctor anticipates having capacity to take on more methadone patients in two to three months. Another doctor at the Beverly Medical Clinic has recently started the training to do methadone prescribing training and will also be ready to see patients in about three months.”

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