Fighting Addiction with Hydromorphone Tablets
A pilot program believed to be the first of its kind in Canada will launch in early January in Vancouver. The program will allow 50 drug users to access a 32 cent hydromorphone prescription painkiller tablet—a pain management opioid to reduce cravings for heroin—and inject it while in a monitored facility.
“Continuing to have people live in this prison of overdose-reverse-repeat is not good enough,” said Coco Culbertson, senior manager of programs for the PHS Community Services Society. He spoke on the need for more treatment options to reduce the number of drug deaths in Vancouver. “So we feel we are tasked with doing something better for our community. If we’re successful, I think it’s a game-changer."
Review this article about this program.
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