Canada Is Now Prescribing Heroin to Fight Addiction (Dr. Scott MacDonald, Crosstown Clinic)

Heroin addicts in Canada can now get their fix with a doctor's prescription. As of September 13, doctors who apply for a permit from Canada's Special Access Program can prescribe diacetylmorphine, or pharmaceutical grade heroin, to severely addicted patients.

Canada has been especially progressive in legislation that oversees addiction, treating it as an illness rather than a moral failure. In 2003, Vancouver became home to the first ever SIF, or supervised injection facility, where heroin users can bring their own stash and shoot up with sterile needles in a clean, safe environment.

And the policies could pave the way for global changes. Now, New York's city council just approved a study of supervised injection facilities in the city, while in Ithaca the mayor also proposed to open a SIF.

 

Madison Margolini reports. Read full story here.