Can Prescription Heroin Help Addicts When Methadone Fails?
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The Providence Medical Clinic in Vancouver, Canada has been granted permission to prescribe heroin to patients who do not respond to methadone for maintenance treatment of opioid addiction. After 31 heroin overdoses occurred in the city over a two-day period in October, experts recommended that the nation’s health department consider allowing the clinic to provide doses of the drug to the approximately 15–20% of patients who do not respond to methadone. European countries with prescription heroin programs saw improvements in public health outcomes and crime reductions following the implementation of these initiatives. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that deaths from heroin overdoses doubled from 2010–2012 and rates increased in every state analyzed, especially in the Northeast and the South. Heroin remains a Schedule I substance in the U.S., with no currently accepted medical use.
Vancouver, one of North America's most progressive cities in respect to drug policy, will conduct a groundbreaking experiment: prescription heroin. Following a clinical trial involving 26 subjects, doctors at the city's Providence Medical Clinic have earned permission to provide doses of the drug to a group of 120 severe addicts.
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