Opioid Agonist Treatment

Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) is an evidenced-based treatment for opioid use disorder. Treatment involves taking medications that prevent withdrawal and reduce cravings. These medications include methadone, buprenorphine and slow-release oral morphine. 

Benefits of OAT include: 

  • Reduced risk of overdose and other harms associated with using opioids.
  • Reduced risk of relapse.
  • Connection with health and substance use services

OAT, like other treatments for substance use disorder, works best in combination with additional psychosocial support, such counselling, peer-led and mutual support groups, and culturally focused interventions. 

How to access OAT

Self-referrals are welcome. OAT is covered for all B.C. residents with MSP coverage.

  • Call Service Link at 1-888-885-8824 to speak with a call taker about finding an OAT clinic.
  • Speak with your primary care provider or visit a walk-in clinic to discuss available options.
  • For individuals who identify as Indigenous and their families residing in B.C., the First Nations Health Authority provides Virtual Substance Use and Psychiatry Services, including access to OAT.


General Information on Opioid Agonist Treatment

Referral Required?
Not required

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