PHC's prescription heroin case goes to Supreme Court
A battle between B.C. doctors and the federal government over the prescription of heroin to severely addicted users is set to enter Supreme Court.
Last fall, Health Canada authorized B.C. doctors to prescribe diacetylmorphine (heroin) to 21 severe heroin addicts exiting a groundbreaking clinical trial, but federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose swiftly introduced new regulations that would make doing so illegal. Providence Health Care and five addicts represented by the Pivot Legal Society launched a constitutional challenge and, in the meantime, are seeking an injunction so the addicts can receive prescription heroin while the case is before the courts.
Andrea Woo Reports
Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy