The case for prescription heroin

The Providence Crosstown Clinic is decorated with posters espousing the sort of medical advice you might expect at any other doctor’s office: Cover your cough, wash your hands, don’t use antibiotics to treat the flu, and ask staff if you need any help.

In the main treatment room, a familiar smell of rubbing alcohol lingers in the air — the kind of scent I associate with getting a vaccine shot. At Crosstown, the smell is the remnants of the medicine that 130 to 150 patients inject themselves with multiple times a day at the clinic.

Except the injection here isn’t a vaccine. It’s medical-grade heroin.

German Lopez reports

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