Vancouver police call for prescription heroin amid ongoing overdose crisis

“We require a long-term health strategy that does more than revive people temporarily with naloxone and send them back to the street to continue their addiction.”

The Vancouver Police Department is calling — urgently — for more treatment options, including opioid replacement therapies such as prescription heroin, as a deadly overdose crisis continues to kill over 100 people every month in British Columbia.

Opioid replacement treatment programs at “innovative” clinics like Crosstown Clinic (the first clinic in North America to offer prescription heroin) aren’t nearly big enough to meet the need, and the provincial and federal government support needed to expand those services has so far not been forthcoming.

Jen St. Denis reports

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