The case for prescription heroin
The Providence Crosstown Clinic is decorated with posters espousing the sort of medical advice you might expect at any other doctor’s office: Cover your cough, wash your hands, don’t use antibiotics to treat the flu, and ask staff if you need any help.
In the main treatment room, a familiar smell of rubbing alcohol lingers in the air — the kind of scent I associate with getting a vaccine shot. At Crosstown, the smell is the remnants of the medicine that 130 to 150 patients inject themselves with multiple times a day at the clinic.
Except the injection here isn’t a vaccine. It’s medical-grade heroin.
German Lopez reports