Vancouver clinic turns long-time addicts from prescription heroin to abstinence
Two long-time addicts have taken an unconventional road to sobriety: prescription heroin.
They are the first participants in a Vancouver experiment to graduate to abstinence, according to the program’s operator, Providence Health Care.
Since November 2014, Crosstown Clinic in the Downtown Eastside has seen a select group of addicts visit three times a day to receive clean, legal, and regulated doses of heroin, paid for by B.C. taxpayers. It’s the only facility like it in North America.
Travis Lupick reports
Providence Health Care President and CEO Dianne Doyle