Monthly Newsletter: May 2021

In this issue of the BC ECHO on Substance Use newsletter, you’ll find resources, news updates, and feature articles on topics related to substance use care in BC and Yukon.

Managing Co-occurring Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders

Approximately one-third of individuals prescribed treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) also meet the criteria for high-risk drinking or alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Concurrent use of alcohol and opioids, including opioid agonist treatment (OAT), is associated with an increased risk of respiratory depression, overdose, and death. Alcohol use is a known risk factor for fatal overdose among individuals prescribed opioids. Individuals with OUD who engage in high-risk alcohol use a may also experience increased difficulty with OAT adherence.

Check out these resources and learnings for an overview of evidence-based screening and treatment options:

Call for Nominations:
Annual BCCSU Awards

Submit your nominations now for the Annual BCCSU Awards to recognize members of the community who have made significant contributions to improve substance use strategies in BC. Recipients will be announced during the pre-conference kick-off event, leading up to the BC Substance Use Conference.

Nomination Submission deadline: May 25, 2021
Awards Presentation: June 16, 2021 from 4:30 – 5:00pm

BC ECHO on Substance Use programming
Reminder: BC ECHO on Substance Use sessions are now on our YouTube channel.

You can also sign up for upcoming sessions of the BC ECHO on Substance Use at Here’s what’s coming up:


 Alcohol Use Disorder ECHO

June 1, 12pm – 1pm: Alcohol withdrawal management

Opioid Use Disorder ECHO

June 24, 9am – 10am: Management of opioid use disorder with injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT)

We want your cases!

During the ECHO sessions case presenters from diverse clinical backgrounds (e.g., family practice, nursing, pharmacy) have an opportunity to receive guidance and recommendations on patient cases in their practice from addiction experts. Presenting a case includes submitting a brief written case summary and joining an ECHO session to give a 5-minute de-identified overview of the case and questions for clinical consultation.

To submit a de-identified patient case for an ECHO session, providers are asked to fill out the case presentation form, or submit a brief paragraph to

New Resources for Substance Use Care
Guidelines for partnering with people with lived and living experience of substance use and their families and friends

People with lived and living experience of substance use and their families and friends (LLEAFF) are experts in the field of substance use. Partnering with LLEAFF groups is key to ensure that research is relevant and that services designed for people from LLEAFF groups meet their needs. This document provides guidance for working with people with lived and living experience of substance use and their families and friends and is intended for individuals and organizations who partner or wish to partner with people from LLEAFF groups.

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