Health Canada to allow more access to prescription heroin to curb opioid crisis (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

Health Canada’s proposal to loosen regulations on importing prescription-grade heroin to treat opioid addiction is being hailed as a crucial step to reducing fentanyl-fuelled deaths across the country.

Drug policy campaigner Caitlin Shane, who is with the advocacy group Pivot Legal Society, said 931 overdose deaths last year in B.C. alone point to the urgent need to treat people struggling with opioid use disorder.

Dr. Scott MacDonald, lead physician at Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, said about 100 people are currently being treated with prescription heroin, or diacetylmorphine, at the only such facility in North America.

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