Culture as Healing in a Community Based Buprenorphine Program for Prescription Drug Abuse

Author(s): Michelle Firestone, Well Living House, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital; Jennifer Wyman; Carol Hopkins; Priya Prabhakar; Levi Sofe; Carol Terry; Chris Mushquash


Prescription drug abuse (PDA) and its consequences is a distinct health and social issue among Indigenous populations in Canada. Buprenorphine effectively reduces opioid use by decreasing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. From an Indigenous worl- dview, medication focused treatment can lead to continuing dependence, without improving wellness through connection to land, language and culture.
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