SALOME

CBC Radio interviews PIVOT legal lawyer Douglas King about PHC's heroin case

Pivot legal lawyer Douglas King speaks to host Stephen Quinn about asking B.C. Supreme Court for an injunction to a group of five people access to prescription heroin.

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PIVOT fighting for right to use heroin-assisted treatment

The PIVOT legal society is fighting today to overturn a federal decision making it illegal for patients in life or death situations to have access to heroin-assisted treatment.

It wants its clients to continue to access the treatment as part of the SALOME study.

“Ideology should not be a ruling policy in this case; we need to be looking to what’s in the best interests of our clients’ health and the best interests of society,” says Douglas King with PIVOT.

Anita Bathe Reports

The Pivot Legal Society and Providence Health Care are in BC Supreme court this week

The Pivot Legal Society and Providence Health Care are in BC Supreme court this week, arguing five patients should be allowed access to prescription heroin to manage their addictions despite recent changes to federal laws.

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B.C. addicts in court fighting federal ban on prescription heroin

VANCOUVER - A group of chronic drug addicts are asking a Vancouver judge for an injunction against the federal government that would allow them access to prescription heroin until the court hears their legal challenge of the law.

Prescription heroin fight reaches B.C. courts

A local health authority and a legal rights group take their fight to court Tuesday to keep a heroin program alive after the federal government cracked down on doctors prescribing hard drugs.

Providence Health Care and the Pivot Legal Society are pushing for an injunction that would allow the former to maintain its SALOME treatment program that was serving more than 200 people.

Douglas King of Pivot said that since the federal government imposed changes last year, recovering addicts exiting the treatment portion have been unable to continue taking the clinical heroin.

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.

Heroin-assisted treatment goes to the courts

In regards to the decision of Health Minister Rona Ambrose to block access to pharmaceutical heroin through Health Canada’s Special Access Program, Providence Health Care and five participants in the SALOME study are now seeking to challenge the federal government in court.

 

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.


 

Heroin addicts launch Charter challenge to prescription ban

Five people severely addicted to heroin are launching a constitutional challenge to the federal government’s ban on the prescription version of the drug, The Globe and Mail has learned.

 

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