A front line worker from Portland Hotel Society healthcare checks on clients waiting to obtain a "safe supply" of narcotic alternatives, provided by the local health unit to combat overdoses due to poisonous additives and to help supports addicts and home

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The coronavirus has threatened to worsen British Columbia’s drug overdose crisis. Some doctors are trying something unusual: prescribing opioids and stimulants, off-label, as alternatives for people who would otherwise seek out even more toxic versions on the street.

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A front line worker from Portland Hotel Society healthcare checks on clients waiting to obtain a "safe supply" of narcotic alternatives, provided by the local health unit to combat overdoses due to poisonous additives and to help supports addicts and homeless in practicing social distancing to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada April 6, 2020.

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