Dr. Scott MacDonald

B.C. heroin addicts launch Charter challenge against federal drug ban

Five Vancouver-based heroin addicts, along with Pivot Legal Society and Providence Health Care, are launching a constitutional challenge against the federal government’s decision to remove prescription heroin from a drug access program.

Heroin Prescription Lawsuit Challenges Closure Of Federal Exemption

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.

B.C. health provider, patients file lawsuit over prescription heroin access

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.


 

B.C. health provider sues Ottawa over heroin access

A constitutional court challenge has been launched over the federal government’s decision to prevent doctors from prescribing heroin to addicts. Providence Health Care, which operates St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver, says its lawsuit involves five patients who have been part of a clinical trial known as SALOME (sah-LOH-may).

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