B.C. Supreme Court grants injunction allowing doctors at Providence Crosstown Clinic to prescribe heroin to select addicts
THE B.C. SUPREME Court has granted an injunction that lets doctors give prescription heroin to select patients in Vancouver.
According to a 34-page decision, Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson found that risks faced by the opiate addicts acting as plaintiffs in the case would be reduced if doctors were allowed to administer diacetylmorphine (prescription heroin).
“I accept that the potential harms facing the personal plaintiffs, and those on whose behalf they apply, are grave and that an award of damages will be of little, if any, assistance to them,” Hinkson wrote. “As such, those harms must weigh heavily in the balance, particularly given that the exemption requested by the applicants does not cause any material harm to the government pending the ultimate resolution of this matter at trial.”
Travis Lupick Reports
Dianne Doyle, President & CEO, and Geoff Plant, Chair, PHC Board of Directors