Oct. 11, 2013 – Global News
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.
Anna Mehler Paperny – Global News
The short answer is yes. Kinda: Health Canada has approved funding for medically administered heroin for 16 addicts – and only these 16 – under its Special Access Program. The program’s designed to provide nonmarketed drugs to people suffering from “serious or life-threatening conditions when conventional therapies have failed, are unsuitable, or unavailable.”
It has since been slammed by Health Minister Rona Ambrose on the grounds that its decision contradicts Conservative government policy.