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Health Canada decision to allow prescription heroin will save lives

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Health Canada’s decision to provide prescription heroin to certain addicts will save lives in Vancouver, according to a lawyer representing them.

Julian Buchanan‘s insight:

Precribing injectable heroin maintenance was something we did on Merseyside, England back in the early 1980s – it has been a lack of political will not a lack of scientific evidence that has delayed the implementation of good practice worlwide.

After a 10 year trial in Zurich a few years ago the people of Switzerland could see the sense and voted 64% in favour in a national referendum to rolling out clean injectable heroin paid for by the state acoss the whole country.

But well done Health Canada – still not available in most countries.

Remember as we address the symptoms – we could instead address the cause – ending prohibition would save even more live!

See on www.vancouversun.com

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