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Health Canada Program Change to Make Heroin Prescriptions Legal for Some Citizens

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Health Canada is planning to change regulations to allow doctors to prescribe heroin to some opioid addicts who do not respond to treatments such as methadone.

    The move reverses a 2013 decision under the Harper government, which banned a group of British Columbia doctors from prescribing the drug to a small group of addicts

    In 2014, a B.C. judge granted an injunction exempting the doctors and patients from the ban.

    Health Canada now plans to allow access to heroin in special cases, according to a regulatory amendment published in the Canada Gazette.

    Interested parties have 30 days to comment on the proposal.

    Under the change, heroin would be covered under what the department calls its special access program, or SAP.

    Canadian Press/May 13, 2016
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


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