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Vancouver legal clinic urges prisons to improve drug treatment for inmates

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 3:31 PM | By Amanda Jerome

Advocates for inmates in British Columbia say there is a desperate need for opiate substitution therapy to treat addiction issues in Canada’s prisons.

Nicole Kief, Prisoners’ Legal ServicesPrisoners’ Legal Services, a not-for-profit legal clinic, discovered that many of its clients were in need of addiction treatment but faced a myriad of barriers, including long wait times and therapy being denied due to accusations of diverting medication.

The legal clinic took action and on behalf of 33 inmates it called upon Correctional Service Canada (CSC) in a...