SALOME

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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