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PIVOT fighting for right to use heroin-assisted treatment

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The PIVOT legal society is fighting today to overturn a federal decision making it illegal for patients in life or death situations to have access to heroin-assisted treatment.

It wants its clients to continue to access the treatment as part of the SALOME study.

“Ideology should not be a ruling policy in this case; we need to be looking to what’s in the best interests of our clients’ health and the best interests of society,” says Douglas King with PIVOT.

“Generally, we have a federal government that is enacting policies that are not based on the current case law, on the current medical recommendations in the medical community. This is a case where we actually have support from the provincial government,” he adds.

The feds are making the drug a restricted substance under the Food and Drug Act.