Why B.C.’s former health officer wants to produce legal heroin

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British Columbia’s former provincial health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, has been a harm-reduction advocate for decades. Now, he’s planning to launch a company to produce a domestic supply of affordable, legal and pharmaceutical-grade heroin to be used “as a medication for therapy and treatment, but also … to try and cut down the number of unfortunate and preventable deaths that we’re currently seeing.” Today on Front Burner, a conversation with Kendall about a safer supply of drugs and the overdose crisis.

British Columbia’s former provincial health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, has been a harm-reduction advocate for decades. Now, he’s planning to launch a company to produce a domestic supply of affordable, legal and pharmaceutical-grade heroin to be used “as a medication for therapy and treatment, but also … to try and cut down the number of unfortunate and preventable deaths that we’re currently seeing.” Today on Front Burner, a conversation with Kendall about a safer supply of drugs and the overdose crisis. 20:39

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