Santé Canada s’apprête à assouplir les règles concernant l’importation d’héroïne de qualité pharmaceutique, comme mesure de réduction des risques visant à combattre la crise actuelle des opioïdes. Pour en savoir plus, en anglais, veuillez lire les informations ci-dessous.

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By Andrea Woo

Health Canada is moving to relax rules on importing drugs, such as pharmaceutical-grade heroin, knocking down yet another barrier to a last-resort addiction treatment amid a worsening overdose crisis.

Proposed changes to the federal Food and Drugs Regulations would allow for the bulk importation of drugs not currently marketed or available in Canada as needed in urgent public-health scenarios. While it would apply to public-health emergencies, such as a flu pandemic, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott introduced the legislation with the opioid crisis – and prescription heroin, specifically – in mind.

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