Controversial program gives 'prescription' heroin to users to shoot up (Dr. Scott MacDonald, Crosstown Clinic)

In Vancouver, B.C., a controversial program is fighting heroin-related deaths by giving users the drugs and then making sure they inject safely.

Doctors and nurses supervise the process so there are no overdoses. The users say it works.

Now, he's just one of roughly 130 patients at the Crosstown Clinic, run by Providence Health in conjunction with Vancouver Coastal Health. It's been open since 2014, at a time when the opioid crisis exploded in the lower mainland of BC.

Chris Daniels reports

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