Group of BC addicts to receive heroin by Christmas, lawyer says

A group of Vancouver drug addicts is slated to become Canada’s first recipients of legally prescribed heroin by Christmas.

As many as 202 patients should receive the laboratory-manufactured heroin from Europe by the end of the year, their lawyer said Thursday.

“I think there’s a sense of relief,” said Adrienne Smith, the health and drug policy lawyer with the Pivot Legal Society that represented five heroin addicts from Vancouver’s downtown East Side.

“I think there’s still lots of work to be done for other people in Canada who required medication and who have been barred because of (federal) ministry of health interference.”

Peter Edwards reports

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