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.

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. 

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.”

Health Minister Rona Ambrose’s heroin ban ‘ignores science’

Dave Murray tried to beat his heroin addiction with methadone treatments 10 different times since 1971. Nothing worked until he received diacetylmorphine – the active component of the illicit drug – as part of a Providence Health Care clinical trial that enabled him to stabilize his life, volunteer, form a support group and get healthier over the past year.

Ottawa vetoes prescription heroin treatment for addicts

Severely entrenched addicts who were recently granted Health Canada authorization to receive prescription heroin – a first in the country – will explore their legal options after the federal government announced it has banned the practice, effective immediately.


The politics of the heroin addict

If a society is judged by how its cares for its most vulnerable, we are basically faced with a test of what we are willing to try to help the most beleaguered. Consider the heroin addict.

Q&A: Dr. Perry Kendall on Heroin-Assisted Treatment

Dr. Perry Kendall is the provincial health officer for British Columbia. He is the former president of the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario and served on advisory panel for the NAOMI study. In light of Rona Ambrose’s announcement, The Globe and Mail talked to him about heroin-assisted treatment. Here is part of the conversation.

Evidence trumps ideology over public health benefits of Insite

It has been nearly 10 years since Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site opened and two years since the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously determined that it should remain open to protect public health.


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