Alberta approves pilot programs for injectable opioid therapy (Crosstown Clinic)
Albertans who have struggled with traditional forms of opioid treatment such as suboxone and methadone could soon have access to an injectable form of therapy.
The provincial government announced Wednesday it has agreed to develop pilot projects in Edmonton and Calgary that will allow patients to inject the opioid drug hydromorphone under the supervision of medical professionals.
Such treatment is currently available through the Providence Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, which also provides prescription heroin as a replacement therapy. A number of European countries also offer it.
Keith Gerein reports