Opioid crisis: Listen to the big-city mayors
Canada’s big-city mayors, who see the carnage caused by the opioid crisis on their streets every day, are speaking out. While their political views span a broad spectrum, they have a unified voice, and we owe it to ourselves to listen to them.
The mayors say that it is an “urgent priority” to expand access to substitution therapies such as methadone, buprenorphine and heroin-assisted treatment. The latter consists of giving drug users controlled doses of pharmaceutical-grade heroin rather than having them rely on street drugs. Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver has done this successfully for years (as do many clinics across Europe). But Crosstown has only 95 patients, and a waiting list of 600 more.
Andre Picard writes