Vancouver’s drug-dispensing machine: Why it exists and how it works
published on January 17, 2020 by Bridgette Watson in CBC News - BC
Health advocates say a safe supply of opioids is critical to help prevent people from overdosing on tainted street drugs.
Now, a pilot project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside provides some high-risk users with access to an automated machine that dispenses opioids prescribed by a doctor.
CBC takes a look at how it works.
How does the machine operate?
The machine, called MySafe, is stocked with hydromorphone tablets that are released on a pre-determined schedule to high-risk opioid users. A user must scan their palm on the machine to identify themselves. The machine recognizes each individual by verifying the vein pattern in their hand and then dispenses their prescription…View the full article