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Canada Prescription Heroin: Experts and Others Weigh In on Approval

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Canada has given the green light to prescription heroin. (John Moore/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 15 Sep 2016 06:04 PM

President Justin Trudeau has quietly changed Canada’s rules to allow prescription heroin for severe addicts who have failed to recover with other treatment methods.

Treatment centers could apply to get diacetylmorphine, or pharmaceutical-grade heroin, to give to their most severe addicts under strict supervision and free of charge under the country’s universal health care system.

The program has many supporters, including some treatment professionals who point out that it lowers the risk of overdose deaths and follows a handful of European nations with similar programs. For example, Scott MacDonald, the lead physician at Vancouver's Crosstown Clinic, which has provided prescription heroin since 2005 using clinical trials, feels the measure makes sense and helps addicts, The Washington Post reported.

Others, like Parlimentarian and Conservative party spokesman on health policy Colin Carrie, are staunchly opposed to prescription heroin as an addiction treatment option. “Our policy is to take heroin out of the hands of addicts and not put it in their arms,” Carrie said, the Post reported.

There is already speculation about whether the U.S. would follow suit in legalizing prescription heroin.

Gregory Krausz, clinical supervisor of MARS Treatment Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, asserts that prescription heroin fails to address the problems that led to addiction in people’s daily lives. “Giving someone a ‘pure’ drug won’t make all the other problems go away. These problems are deep-seated and may have come before or after the heroin use,” he told Newsmax.

Twitter reactions to Canada greenlighting prescription heroin were mixed, with some praising the decision while others joked or pointed out the irony that marijuana is still illegal in most of the U.S.

 

 

 

 

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