The mayor of Vancouver is calling for a stimulant maintenance program. I’ve heard calls for heroin maintenance programs, but this is the first time I’ve seen a call from a politician for a stimulant maintenance program.
Vancouver has a “four pillar” response to their drug problem. It’s good that they are espousing a comprehensive approach to the problem, but they seem to be much more invested in the harm reduction pillar than the treatment and recovery pillar. These programs are often promote in the name of choice, unfortunately they don’t offer any more choices than the abstinence focused programs that they criticize.