Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Vancouver Mayor Seeks Drug Substitution Program

Acccording to this article published on the 1st August 2006 in the Vancouver Sun the mayor of Vancouver, Sam Sullivan, is seeking an experimental cocaine and crystal meth drug substitution program. Whilst a program is already underway in Vancouver for heroin which the mayor is confidant will result in a heroin maintenance program the same is not true for other highly addictive substances. The mayor is keen to act as a broker between any agency running such a program and donors since he admits that government processes would take too long. This is an encouraging proactive approach to stimulant addiction which will hopefully result in a rational treatment of addicts. However the emails from members of the public at the bottom of the article aren't all resoundingly positive.

1 comment:

Bob said...

I would be nervous about a programme like this, especially if cocaine itself was being prescribed. If however they were using daily doses of dex then that has proven effective of getting people to cut down at least and that has to be a good thing.