Groundbreaking Vancouver AIDS clinic turns attention to opioid crisis (Crosstown Clinic)

A renowned HIV/AIDS clinic in Vancouver that helped pave the way in harm reduction by first offering supervised-injection service 14 years ago now wants to treat opioid addiction with injectable drugs.

Maxine Davis, executive director of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care in March to offer injectable opioid-assisted treatment at its facility in Vancouver’s downtown West End neighbourhood, according to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail under freedom-of-information legislation.

The Dr. Peter Centre already offers clients methadone and buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone), along with its small-scale supervised-injection service.

Andrea Woo reports

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