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Prescribing Heroin: The Logical Next Step for Canada?

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Five years after the NAOMI clinical trial, which confirmed worldwide research demonstrating the effectiveness of prescribing heroin for those chronically dependent drug users who have not responded to other forms of treatment, this health intervention is still not available anywhere in Canada. Prescribing Heroin will explore the questions: what would an ongoing prescription heroin program in Canada look like, and how can we get there?The evening will begin with a screening of the Danish documentary, Anyone for Coffee and Heroin? Denmark was the first country to offer physician-prescribed heroin to the most profoundly addicted heroin-users, not as a clinical trial, but as a permanent treatment program. This fascinating film documents life at Denmark’s “Poppy Clinic” during the initial year of operation from the perspectives of both patients and staff. After the film, we will ask our distinguished panel of experts to reflect on the Danish experience and to discuss the ethics, the legalities and the logistics of developing a prescription heroin program in Canada.
Panelists include:
Dr. Gabor Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
 Dr. Bruce Alexander, author of Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit
Dave Murray, SALOME/NAOMI Association of Patients
Scott Bernstein, Lawyer Pivot Legal SocietyThis event is supported by the Pivot Legal Society and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.
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