Dr. Scott MacDonald, head of Crosstown clinic in the Downtown East Side, welcomes the news Health Canada plans to allow doctors to prescribe heroin to opioid addicts.
“This is great news, this is a very important treatment”
MacDonald says it helps a small number of people who don’t respond to regular treatment.
“Prior to these options becoming available, we really only had two good treatments, that’s methadone and suboxone. With the addition of hydromorphone and diacetylmorphine that just increases the number of tools in the tool kit.”
MacDonald’s addiction clinic treats about 150 people, but there are approximately 500 people in Vancouver who need heroin treatment.
In 2013, the former Conservative government banned a group of doctors from prescribing the drug to a small group of addicts.
But in 2014, a B.C. judge granted an injunction allowing some doctors and patients to continue treatment.