At Crosstown Clinic, doctors are turning addiction treatment on its head: they’re prescribing heroin-users the very drug they’re addicted to. This is the story of one clinic’s quest to remove the harms of addiction, without removing the addiction itself.
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This radio documentary was written, edited and produced by Gordon Katic, Sam Fenn, Alex Kim, and Travis Lupick. Travis Lupick is a reporter and editor with the Vancouver newspaper The Georgia Straight. If you like reading (as well as listening) check out the article we produced with him here, as well as another article here. Another version was also produced in partnership with The Life of the Law. Subscribe to them on iTunes to hear a follow up conversation about this piece on March 21st.
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