European addiction experts urge expansion of medical heroin program in Canada

Addiction experts from five European countries say their experience with prescription heroin programs have provided overwhelming evidence to suggest Canada should expand its one clinic in the midst of a deadly opioid crisis.

Researchers from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada held a symposium in Vancouver on Friday to share lessons they've learned from multiple clinical trials and years of treatment.

The program that currently provides heroin-assisted treatment to 95 patients has a wait list of up to 600 people and needs to be urgently expanded, she said.

Camille Bains reports

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