Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has announced that she will be assembling a roundtable of experts in order to discuss the possibility of expanding unconventional, BC-style opioid treatment programs, such as prescription heroin, hydromorphone and slow-release heroin, to a national level.

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These unconventional treatment programs have been demonstrated to improve the mental and physical health of patients, to reduce illegal activity and the consumption of drugs tainted with fentanyl, and to also enhance patient engagement towards recovery.

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Dr. Perry Kendall, BC’s provincial health officer, confirms: “These treatments, while very controversial in North America, are proven to work.”

Issues that will need to be addressed during the roundtable include:

  • The regulatory challenges of importing pharmaceutical-grade heroin
  • Ways doctors can encourage non-invasive and inexpensive treatment options
  • Eligibility for the programs

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