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