Advocates tout safe supply for drug users, but Nova Scotia doctors aren't convinced
Jane was a health-care worker who got a back injury and was prescribed an opioid painkiller. That was the start of her descent into addiction. After the prescription ended, Jane spent 10 years seeking the drug on the street. She got into conflict with the law and experienced an overdose.
Doctors Nova Scotia working on strategy to offer safe drug supply for patients with addictions
Not all doctors agree that providing people with a safe supply of the drugs they have become dependent on is an effective treatment for some people who are addicted. It is increasingly being seen as an option and studies are starting to show its effectiveness, but it is only available to a small number of patients in Nova Scotia, partly because very few doctors are willing to prescribe a safe supply.
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Dr Leisha Hawker, President of Doctors Nova Scotia, are working on a strategy to offer a safe drug supply for patients with addictions.
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