As the overdose crisis rages, access to methadone and buprenorphine remains hindered by bureaucracy and stigma.
“It's getting to the point where it's safer to go back to using street drugs. I won't have to be packed into rooms full of people.”
Quarantined people have to go out to get their prescriptions and can't get a backup supply.
The barriers insurance companies place in the way of treatment are killing people.
While most people on daily meds for chronic conditions don’t think twice about traveling, people who take methadone describe the experience as a stressful, tedious slog that takes weeks of preparation.
Although the Affordable Care Act is supposed to guarantee addiction treatment to anyone with insurance, people with opioid addictions still face a dysfunctional system.
“You shouldn't want a Backstreet Boy treating your medical problem.”
Data obtained by VICE News shows that some provinces have seen methadone prescriptions double in five years. Healthcare experts say decriminalization of all drugs is needed to curb overdose deaths.