Ottawa vetoes prescription heroin treatment for addicts

Severely entrenched addicts who were recently granted Health Canada authorization to receive prescription heroin – a first in the country – will explore their legal options after the federal government announced it has banned the practice, effective immediately.

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose made the announcement at a Toronto news conference on Thursday, bringing to a halt her department’s recent decision to permit the prescription of diacetylmorphine (heroin) to select addicts in Vancouver. Read more