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Patients file lawsuit demanding continued access to heroin

For decades, Larry Love's daily life was consumed by heroin. Find it. Inject it. Repeat. That cycle, he said, was broken last year when he enrolled in a radical clinical trial in Vancouver evaluating the use of prescription heroin, seen as the treatment of last resort for severely addicted people for whom other therapy, such as methadone or detox, have failed.

Providence and patients file constitutional challenge to Federal Government's decision

Providence and five patients launched a constitutional challenge to overturn a recent decision by the federal government that prevents the delivery of life-saving treatment to vulnerable addictions patients.

Providence and five patients launched a constitutional challenge to overturn a recent decision by the federal government that prevents the delivery of life-saving treatment to vulnerable addictions patients.

A Letter to Canada’s Minister of Disease?

Dear Rona Ambrose, As a member of the federal government, you are currently titled Canada’s Health Minister. I question the accuracy of that nomenclature.

Feds could face legal showdown over addicts’ right to prescription heroin

Ottawa could face a legal showdown with some of Vancouver’s hardest-core addicts as they’re cut off from government-supplied heroin doctors say is their only viable treatment option.

Recent government decisions hurting addicts

Ideological bents from Ottawa continue to put lives at risk, according to one of B.C.’s top medical minds.

BC health minister derides feds for pulling plug on heroin trial

BC's health minister said he is not pleased with the federal government's plans to crack down on prescribing unapproved drugs to treat patients.

BC health minister calls out federal move to ban heroin therapy

The B.C. health minister has come out against the federal health minister's decision to ban illicit drugs like heroin from being distributed under the Special Access Program, saying he has concerns about the government's decision. 

Heroin-assisted treatment and politics-based medicine

A lawyer for some of the patients in the SALOME study says he’ll consider options for a legal response to Rona Ambrose’s decision to block access to diacetylmorphine.

DTES heroin addicts concerned after federal decision

There’s growing concern a group of addicts are about to lose the only treatment that works for them – a regular dose of the active ingredient in heroin.

Ottawa overrules health officials on Vancouver heroin replacement study

The Harper government announced regulations Thursday aimed at denying heroin to Vancouver addicts involved in clinical research. The move was made less than a year after the former federal health minister said political interference in the drug approval process was a “recipe for disaster.”

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