Harm reduction is about providing safety for patients (Dr. Christy Sutherland)

After what could be called a masterclass in how to provide medical care to marginalized people with respect — and without judgment — a room full of doctors rose to their feet in applause. This was likely a welcome sound to Dr. Christy Sutherland, who has had a rough couple of  years.

“I think I will remember 2016 for the rest of my life, because it was quite terrible as a clinician,” Sutherland said during her presentation on harm reduction at the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in Quebec City.

Unfortunately, it appears that 2017 will be far worse.

Roger Collier reports

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