Heroin to be Prescribed to Small Group in Vancouver

Doctors at a medical clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia will prescribe heroin to a group of 120 adults severely addicted to heroin, according to  The Atlantic. Canada’s Health Secretary opposes the policy.

The decision was made following a study of prescription heroin that included 26 participants, the article notes.

Vancouver is home to North America’s only government-sanctioned facility that medically supervises the injection of illegal drugs . People addicted to drugs can bring and use them at the facility, called InSite, without risking arrest. Some people line up two or three times a day to use one of the facility’s injection booths. They are given clean needles to reduce the spread of infections such as HIV and hepatitis C, and are supervised by a nurse as they inject themselves.

Full story of group to be prescribed heroin at drugfree.org

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Will Savage

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