Canada's health minister fails to explain Ottawa's policies on harm reduction

Providence Health Care enters the B.C. Supreme Court with a request that doctors be allowed to prescribe a special class of patients diacetylmorphine, or pharmaceutical heroin.

Federal health minister Rona Ambrose has strongly opposed the plan to provide heroin-assisted therapy in Vancouver.

Since her first move against it, in October 2013, the Straight has attempted to learn how the federal government arrived at its position, which contradicts a growing body of scientific evidence. Despite repeated requests, Health Canada has not provided anything specific in the way of academic studies or the opinions of experts.

Travis Lupick Reports

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