Opioid crisis requires trying ‘everything’: Expert on prescribed heroin
Desperate times call for rational measures.
With the City of Vancouver warning that overdose deaths in March are likely to surpass February’s, advocates say British Columbia’s growing overdose crisis requires a different approach to drugs.
The push for expanded programs like heroin-assisted treatment, substitution therapies and even decriminalized drugs is not new in Vancouver’s harm reduction community but now politicians and decision-makers from across the political spectrum are lending their support as the province’s public health emergency continues to get worse.
Matt Kieltyka reports
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