Heroin as drug treatment saves lives, millions of dollars: clinic (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

Every minute of every one of John Pinkney’s days was once consumed with the hustle for heroin.

The 57-year-old addict needed to stave off withdrawal – and over 3 decades of drug addiction that left him working, begging, sometimes stealing for a fix. It left no time for anything else.

At the clinic, the goal is to get its 150 patients stabilized, not stoned, said its head physician, Dr. Scott MacDonald.

Emma Jarratt, Brian Mellersh and Jon Woodward report

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