Opinion: Our approach to opioid addiction isn’t working (Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes and Dr. Martin Schechter)

“Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows, That too many people have died?” — Bob Dylan, Blowin’ in the Wind

Beginning in 1993, Justice Horace Krever led a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the tainted-blood scandal in Canada. Similar inquiries were held in other countries. One of the key questions was why people with hemophilia were forced to continue to inject blood products that were not screened for HIV, when newer and safer products were already available.

Criminal charges were laid in a number of settings. The Canadian Red Cross pleaded guilty to the crime of distributing a contaminated drug and made a large donation in exchange for six criminal charges being dropped.

Drs. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes and Martin Schechter write

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