Newsbrief: Canadian Researchers Seek Approval for Heroin Maintenance Study 10/11/02

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Researchers are this week sending a proposal to the Canadian Health Ministry seeking approval to study the use of heroin instead of the substitute drug methadone in addiction treatment programs. Vancouver physician Martin Schechter of the University of British Columbia announced the proposal last weekend at the first International Conference on Inner City Health in Toronto. Addiction maintenance therapy with methadone had proven "highly effective," he said, adding that studies of heroin maintenance had been carried out in Europe, but not so far in North America.

The conference, which ran from October 3 to 6, attracted some 300 participants from around the world, according to a press release from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, the event's host institution. Medical researchers, sociologists, public health experts, academics, government representatives and front-line health and shelter workers were among those in attendance. Conference organizers also announced the formation of the International Society for Urban Health, which will organize next year's conference, set for October in New York City.

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