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{Wikipedia} Valemount is a village municipality of 1,018 people in east central British Columbia, Canada, located 320 kilometres (200 mi) from Kamloops, British Columbia. It is situated between the RockyMonashee, and Cariboo Mountains. It is the nearest community to the west of Jasper National Park, and is also the nearest community to Mount Robson Provincial Park, which features Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Outdoor recreation is popular in summer and winter—hikingskiingsnowmobiling, cross country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are common activities. Valemount is one of 14 designated Resort Municipalities in British Columbia.


Valemount Seniors Club, Branch 106


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Robson Valley opioid clinic needed: local doctors

An opioid agonist treatment clinic could serve the 3,225 people (2016 Census) living in the communities of Dome Creek, Urling, Crescent Spur, Goat River, McBride, Dunster, Tête Jaune Cache, and Valemount within the the 15,220 square km McBride/Valemount Community Health Service Area. Map courtesy Provincial Health Services Authority.

By Fran Yanor / Legislative Reporter
Published on: Novermber 14, 2020

[Excerpts] The Robson Valley has a community need for a dedicated opioid treatment clinic for people dealing with substance use addictions and mental health issues, say two Valemount physicians.

“We have been looking at trying to start up an opioid agonist therapy clinic,” said Dr. Ray Markham, chief of staff at the Valemount Health Centre. “I certainly don’t think a formal clinic is the panacea, but it may offer a couple layers of depth to the way that we can support members of our community.”

“It’s not just about prescribing,” said Markham. “There is a whole bunch of crossover with complex chronic pain and mental health.”

One-stop clinic
“It is super helpful to have a one-stop shop clinic,” said Maureen Davis, executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association operations in Prince George. “Having a doctor, a nurse practitioner, a social worker, an addiction counselor, having access to all those different kinds of support means you’ve just broadened options for the clients.”

Barriers to access
“If one area of the province has access within minutes, and the other has access in hours, that’s not equitable,” said Ed Staples, president of BC Rural Health Network, which advocates for improved health care in rural communities.

Another obstacle for rural residents is the lack of anonymity.

“Stigma is a real problem,” said Staples.

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