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Learn about how the current drug-poisoning epidemic affects individuals, families, and communities in Alberta and what the best evidence shows about treating opioid addiction. We will also explore successful ways of providing treatment access right in First Nations communities.

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Target Audience: Health Directors of communities and Treaty Organizations where opioid use is a growing concern

Presented By: Dr. Hakique Virani MD FRCPC DABAM Medical Director, Metro City Medical Clinic


Dr. Virani has a long history of working in First Nations public health. He was formerly a Medical Officer of Health with First Nations Inuit Health Branch and has worked clinically with indigenous populations for almost 15 years. He championed the first naloxone distribution program on reserve in Canada in response to the opioid overdose crisis in Southern Alberta, which was the impetus for a province-wide program. Dr. Virani leads the Metro City Medical Clinic network of physicians treating opioid use disorder throughout the province

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