Opinion: It’s too soon to tell whether British Columbia’s unprecedented test of providing prescription drugs to addicts is courageous or foolhardy.
In March 2020, British Columbia began an unprecedented experiment, providing addicts with pharmaceutical replacements for street drugs.
It’s not the first program to provide prescription alternatives to heroin. Other jurisdictions including Switzerland and Germany have been providing diacetylmorphine and hydromorphone to long-term users for nearly 20 years and the Vancouver-based Crosstown Clinic was the first in North America to provide it to users under supervision.
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