On June 6, 2023, British Columbia, Canada, became the first Canadian province to provide free, universal treatment for opioid addiction. Though some argue against free treatment for substance use, results from other countries overwhelmingly support this approach. Shifting from a criminal to a public health focus by reducing stigma and removing financial barriers to treatments pays off in the long run for individuals and communities.
This article explores the arguments for and against providing free opioid addiction treatment. Read more
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