Canada's health minister fails to explain Ottawa's policies on harm reduction
Providence Health Care enters the B.C. Supreme Court with a request that doctors be allowed to prescribe a special class of patients diacetylmorphine, or pharmaceutical heroin.
Federal health minister Rona Ambrose has strongly opposed the plan to provide heroin-assisted therapy in Vancouver.
Since her first move against it, in October 2013, the Straight has attempted to learn how the federal government arrived at its position, which contradicts a growing body of scientific evidence. Despite repeated requests, Health Canada has not provided anything specific in the way of academic studies or the opinions of experts.
Travis Lupick Reports
Angela White, St. Paul's Hospital Volunteer