Addictions experts to gather in Vancouver for heroin therapy symposium

As overdoses continue to kill over 100 people a month in British Columbia, experts on heroin-assisted therapy will gather in Vancouver on Friday, May 26 to discuss treatment models in several European countries.

Vancouver is home to North America’s only clinic that offers medical-grade, prescription heroin and hydromorphone. At Crosstown Clinic, around 130 people who failed to respond to other addiction therapies and participated in two medical trials between 2005 and 2015 continue to receive the treatment.

But beyond those initial participants, the program hasn’t been expanded, a frustration to doctors at the clinic who say the treatment works well for some people and advocates who say it could save more lives. Expanding the program would require support from the provincial and federal government.

Jen St. Denis reports

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