B.C. patients still waiting for controversial prescription heroin
From left, patients Larry Love, Deborah Bartosch, Charles English and Doug Lidstrom after a press conference in Vancouver November 13, 2013. The four are plaintiffs making a constitutional court challenge over the federal government's decision to prevent doctors from prescribing heroin to addicts. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)
Twenty-one hard-to-treat addicts won a lottery of sorts when they were given approval this fall to receive prescription heroin to help manage their dependencies – a treatment available in other countries but new to Canada.
However, the federal government wasn’t happy that Health Canada’s Special Access Programme (SAP) granted the prescriptions and Health Minister Rona Ambrose slammed the door shut on anyone else getting similar access in the future. Read full story.