Vancouver doctors call for ‘heroin compassion clubs’ to reduce overdose deaths


A B.C. organization whose mandate is to develop and help implement new approaches to substance use and addiction has recommended “heroin compassion clubs” be set up in Vancouver and across the province to reduce the mounting number of overdose deaths.

Dr. Evan Wood, executive director of the BC Centre on Substance Use, said Thursday that such a model would allow a heroin user to join what would most likely be a non-profit organization to buy medical grade heroin instead of relying on fentanyl-laced heroin from the streets.

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