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The overdose crisis is affecting all parts of the country, but the majority of research has focused on major cities, and the majority of services are located there too. In this episode of Addiction Practice Pod, Dr. Robert Fox talks with guests about substance use care in rural and remote contexts.


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Here’s what listeners can take away from this episode:

  1. Exploring opportunities to provide care virtually, for example through video consultations, may address geographic barriers and allow more anonymity when accessing substance use care in rural and remote settings.
  2. People who use drugs often experienced stigma and discrimination when accessing care. Negative interactions can be even more impactful for patients in rural and remote locations because they have fewer options when it comes to care providers. Building trust with our patients and fostering cultural safety in our clinics can help reduce barriers and make people feel more comfortable.
  3. Providing care for people who use drugs in remote and rural contexts often means working with fewer resources than those available in urban centers. Supports that people can have at home, including take-home naloxone and the Lifeguard app are important tools in preventing overdose.


De-centring western colonial approaches

Online learning


Additional resources

* Kate Hodgson works with FNHA’s Four Directions team. In doing this work, she acknowledges that she is a White settler and lives as a humble guest on the traditional territory of the Tla’amin Nation peoples.