College Bylaws Amendment: Methadone Maintenance Program
Effective June 5, 2017, sections 1-19, 9-2 and 9-3 of the College Bylaws have been amended.
These amendments repealed existing sections of the Bylaws that directed the former Methadone Maintenance Program.
With the establishment of the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), most components of the College’s former methadone program will transition to the centre, including authorizing exemptions to physicians who wish to prescribe methadone for opioid use disorder under section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The BCCSU will assume full responsibility of the program effective June 5, 2017.
This transition will allow the College to focus its efforts on the enhanced monitoring of all prescriptions for medications that pose challenges to patient safety. The College will continue to recommend to the federal minister of health authorizations to physicians who wish to prescribe methadone for analgesia, and provide duplicate prescription pads through its usual ordering process.