I am an invited guest on the traditional unceded territories of the Quw’utsun First Nation. After completion of the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use addiction medicine fellowship, I have returned to Cowichan.
Currently, my roles include addiction medicine within Cowichan Tribes Ts’ewulhtun Health, the First Nations Health Authority Virtual Substance Use and Psychiatry program (VSUPs), and in outpatient withdrawal management through Interior Health’s Virtual Addiction Medicine Service.
My interest in acquired brain injury in the setting of drug toxicity occurred after several clinical encounters with young, otherwise healthy folks who have been irrevocably changed by their overdose.
As part of my fellowship training, I began exploring the scant research available regarding hypoxic brain injury and overdose.
I am honoured to be involved in this program, which shines a light on this significant issue. Toxic brain injury has been underreported and little understood. As a substance use physician by training, the approach to toxic brain injury is from that particular lens