'Safe supply' program will distribute free opioids to entrenched users (Crosstown)

Carissa Sutherland's history with drugs is a lot like many others in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

The 29-year-old started about 10 years ago with morphine and hydromorphone pills marketed under the brand name Dilaudid or “Dilly” as it's known on the street.

“I kind of just progressed more and more, and then I couldn't get Dillies very much — or they were more expensive than heroin, so that I ended up just doing heroin,” said Sutherland, who soon added methamphetamine to the mix.

Just a couple blocks away at the Crosstown Clinic, there's another injectable opioid treatment program that's been operating for several years.

Rafferty Baker reports.

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