The unlikely fix: treating heroin addiction with heroin
Fentanyl is powerful and often deadly, and street heroin is increasingly laced with it. Over 1,000 people have died of illicit drug overdoses in B.C. since the beginning of 2016.
So, if you're addicted to heroin, how do you stay alive?
You can go to a safe (or "supervised") injection site, where if you overdose, you'll be revived. Or, you can try to get off heroin using a traditional treatment like methadone, but that doesn't work for everyone.
At the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver, there's another approach: providing users with unlaced, prescription heroin.
The Heroin Clinic is the story of the Crosstown Clinic and the heroin addicts whose lives depend on it.
About the producers
He has produced radio documentaries about Mennonites who hang out with high risk sex offenders, a Japanese American baseball player who was interned during World War II, and the rise and fall of Vancouver's world-class drug policy. He has written for The Georgia Straight and The Tyee and has a MA in Canadian history from the University of British Columbia.
He has produced radio documentaries about the myth of the American "Superpredator," a fight over how to teach Canadian history and the push for sex ed reform in Ontario. Gordon is taking a MA in journalism at the University of British Columbia.
He is a producer for Cited and an associate producer for CBC Radio. He has reported for CBC Aboriginal, Arctic Deeply, Discourse Media and Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd'hui. He is also the host and producer of Theoretically Speaking, a podcast about absurd science.
He has written countless stories about Vancouver's politics and social movements as they relate to mental health, addiction and housing affordability. He has a particular interest in where those issues intersect. His other areas of focus include drug-policy reform, police accountability, immigration and climate change.