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Sask. Drug Coverage Expanded To Include Drugs Used To Treat Alcohol Use Disorder

The Saskatchewan Prescription Drug Plan will now cover two drug products used to help treat alcohol use disorder.

The two drugs are used as part of an alcohol counselling program. Revia (naltrexone) is used to take away the cravings for alcohol. Campral (acamprosate) is used to maintain abstinence from alcohol in clients who have already stopped drinking.

“Our government is committed to providing services to help people struggling with addictions,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “These products are an important addition to the continuum of alcohol treatment services offered throughout Saskatchewan.”

Other provincially-funded alcohol and drug services include:

  • Outreach services
  • Outpatient treatment in more than 50 centres
  • Detoxification
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Long-term residential services
  • Day treatment

The Government of Saskatchewan also recently expanded access to brief detox programming in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina.

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In 2015-16, there were more than 30,000 admissions to addictions services.

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