Feds cover legal fees for addicts denied heroin treatments (SALOME)

The federal government has paid out $120,000 to cover legal fees from a civil suit filed by five heroin addicts and a health care provider in B.C. over a ban on doctors prescribing heroin through a special program, iPolitics has confirmed.

The civil claim, originally lodged against the Harper government in 2013, involved five Providence Health Care patients in B.C. who were part of a federally-funded clinical trial known as SALOME, which was studying the effectiveness of longer-term opioid medical therapies for people with severe heroin addictions.

In 2013, then-Health Minister Rona Ambrose moved to ban heroin addicts from accessing…

Kyle Duggan reports

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