Court ruling on heroin shows the way to sensible drug policy

An interim order Thursday of the B.C. Supreme Court allowing former participants of a medical heroin study to continue to receive the drug from doctors brings sanity to the drug debate and offers a reasonable way forward for drug policy in Canada.

In ruling in favour of five, badly addicted people who had been participants in the SALOME clinical trial, Justice Christopher Hinkson found that federal government would not be harmed through the addicts’ continued use of doctor-prescribed heroin. Denying them the drug would force them to use street drugs, putting them at great harm while their larger lawsuit is before the courts.

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