Program aims to help addicts ‘exit the street market’ using opioid substitute

published on December 28, 2018 in CTV News Vancouver

Almost three years into a public health emergency that has seen thousands die from a poisoned drug supply, a Vancouver agency is trying a new solution: giving patients a clean version of the drugs they normally buy on the street.

The Portland Hotel Society will offer about 50 patients the opioid hydromorphone in pill form, crush it for them and watch them inject it in an overdose prevention site located steps from the intersection of Main and Hastings streets…

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