How a groundbreaking opioid tablet program will work in Vancouver, where overdoses have killed hundreds

published on December 21, 2018 in The Star Vancouver

VANCOUVER—An opioid tablet distribution program starting Jan. 8 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside will be the first of its kind in the world, and the doctor behind the idea hopes it will save and change lives.

“You’ll see someone stabilize over a matter of a few days, because you have eliminated that need to engage in the illicit drug market, eliminated their need to do sex work, eliminated their need to do crimes to get money,” said Dr. Christy Sutherland, the medical director for Portland Hotel Society (PHS)…

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