Canadian Doctors Can Now Prescribe Heroin To Addicts

The Canadian government has approved new regulations allowing drug addicts to be able to receive safe, medical grade heroin from their doctors. 

The prescription of the substance Diacetylmorphine, as pharmaceutical heroin is referred to, will be made available only to those who have unsuccessfully attempted addiction treatments like rehab or opioid substitution therapy.

The program is designed to decrease the harms associated with drug use.

This  is a clear sign of the Canadian government’s intention to begin treating drug addiction as a health issue rather than a crime. It also demonstrates a  continued commitment to helping those who suffer from heroin dependence, as opposed to punishing them and bullying them for their illness.

Street drugs are cut with a host of impurities, meaning consumers are often unaware of what they are actually taking or how strong it is. By allowing habitual users to obtain their supply from doctors rather than dealers, the scheme should help to reduce the number of accidental overdose deaths, which often result from this fact.

The new law is also likely to destable criminal gangs, taking time and a unfortunately vast customer base. It will also allow drug users to get hold of heroin without having to commit crime in order to pay for it. Furthermore, the supervised use of clean needles should help to prevent the spread of diseases like HIV and hepatitis C.

Though this is the first time that prescription heroin will be allowed on a national level, the scheme does have a precedent in the form of a clinic in Vancouver called Crosstown, which received permission under a special court order to begin supplying the drug to a small group of addicts in 2005. Since then, the clinic has improved the lives of its 52 patients, all of whom are now reported to be healthier than when they were using street drugs, while also having cut down or ceased their involvement in criminal activities.

A handful of European countries have similar legislation in place with the likes of Switzerland and Portugal allowing addicts to take their drugs in supervised injection rooms. However, no such services are currently authorized in the US.

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