Richard tried several addiction recovery programs before he kicked his opioid habit at the Union Gospel Mission on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
A major reason it worked this time, he says, was that the Mission’s program offered him a welcoming place to stay.
Across town, at St. Paul’s Hospital on the city’s west side, a doctor with front line addiction experience makes a strong medical case for providing addicts with stable housing.
Click here for the full story on CBC News. Dr. McLean’s interview begins at 8:15 minutes.