Globe discussion on SALOME project

June 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm 1 comment

Globe & Mail follow-up to yesterday`s story on giving heroin to addicts.

Entry filed under: needle exhange, safe injection sites, social issues.

The Globe on Vancouver’s new heroin for addicts plan I weigh in on public urination and the opinions flow.

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  • 1. robertrandall  |  June 3, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Another follow-up including quotes from Perry Kendall:

    “It’s really valid research and it opens up options for different treatment,” he said in an interview. “If you could substitute Hydromorphone, that doesn’t have the stigma or the regulatory hoops you have to go through if you are importing heroin. It becomes a lot more feasible and a lot cheaper.”

    But he said a political commitment is needed to follow through in any meaningful way.

    “It will be nothing if we don’t have the facilities to deliver it as a specialized treatment,” he said. “At the moment we are facing some tough choices in a very tight budget year, and that’s where some of the issues of stigma come in because you’re competing with highly expensive cancer treatments and hip replacements for people who have worked all their lives.”

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