Ambrose to close 'loopholes' in program that would provide heroin to some addicts

TORONTO – The federal Conservatives are expected to announce today that they’re closing “loopholes” in a special access program that would provide heroin to certain addicts.

The move comes a few weeks after Health Minister Rona Ambrose slammed her own department’s decision to allow addicts to use the drug.

The special access program is designed to let patients in exceptional cases get medications normally not allowed in Canada.

She has said that the decision violates the intent of the program and clashes with the government’s anti-drug policy.

The Harper government has also strongly opposed the Insite supervised injection site in Vancouver, but lost a long legal fight to close it.

The Conservatives are using the heroin issue as a fundraising platform, saying the NDP and Liberals would make the program permanent if elected in 2015.

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