The BC ECHO on Substance Use—Opioid Use Disorder (Opioid Use Disorder ECHO) series is part of the larger BC ECHO on Substance Use, a virtual community of practice that aims to help primary care teams build competency in the management of substance use disorders.
Untreated opioid use disorder (OUD) is one of the main drivers of the overdose crisis. Primary care providers are well-positioned to screen and assess patients for OUD, select and initiate OUD treatment, and provide ongoing care and connection to support services. However, many clinicians don’t have experience caring for individuals with OUD. Clinicians may have practical questions about how to select, initiate, and titrate treatments for OUD, and may be unaware of local supports and resources.
The Opioid Use Disorder ECHO series has been developed to address these knowledge gaps. This ECHO series supports primary care providers and their teams to implement evidence-based approaches to the clinical management of OUD in accordance with current provincial guidelines.