A controversial Vancouver drug-abuse treatment program that will give free heroin to the city's addicts is set to start earlier than planned.
The SALOME trial was set to get under way in the spring of 2010 with about 320 participants. But staff working for the Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness are now expected to start preparing the clinic before the Olympic Winter Games in February.
Recruitment of participants and opening of the clinic will wait until spring.
The participants will be given either free heroin injections or doses of another opioid, hydromorphone.
Decemebr 19, 2009
Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.
Free heroin be to handed out