B.C. guidelines for injectable-opioid treatment put hydromorphone ahead of prescription heroin (Cheyenne Johnson)

Prescription heroin is a controversial treatment for long-time opioid addiction but one that has received support from both B.C.’s outgoing minister of health, Terry Lake, and his federal counterpart, Jane Philpott.

Yet a draft document obtained by the Georgia Straight makes it clear that B.C. intends to, essentially, place that idea on the back burner and instead focus on an expansion of access to hydromorphone.

The provincial government recently recognized that research and tasked the B.C. Centre on Substance Use to revise guidelines for the treatment of opioid addictions in order to, for the first time anywhere in North America, include injectable options.

Travis Lupick reports

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