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

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