The Secret Housing Program Giving Safe Drugs to Addicted Residents (Crosstown Clinic)

On the ground floor of an old hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Paul Scibak recounted what it's like waking up with an addiction to heroin. It’s a crippling shot of anxiety the second you open your eyes, he told VICE.

“You literally feel like you’re being ripped apart. Your skin’s peeling, you bones are breaking, your muscles are cramping…. Waking up and not having your dose there, that’s a painful experience.”

Just down the street, at a facility called Crosstown Clinic, doctors had a small number of entrenched addicts on diacetylmorphine, the medical term for prescription heroin.

Travis Lupick reports

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