New opioid treatment clinic coming; core communities likely location (Dr. Scott MacDonald)
A new clinic giving access to a drug similar to prescription heroin is likely heading to Edmonton’s inner city.
Alberta Health is planning two clinics as a pilot project, one each in Edmonton and Calgary. Treatment would require opioid addicts to visit the clinic several times each day to inject drugs supplied by the clinic.
It means users no longer need to buy drugs on the black market, and studies at Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic found patients in the program cut back their use of illicit drugs from at least 14 times a month to less than four.
Elise Stolte reports