Harm reduction program for chronic, homeless alcoholics saves money


A new CARBC study reveals that harm reduction programs for chronic alcoholics experiencing homelessness saves tax-payer money.

The Centre for Addictions and Research of B.C., at the University of Victoria, looked at those taking part in the so-called “managed alcohol program” at Shelter House, in Thunder Bay, Ont. The shelter provides regular doses of wine to chronic alcoholics to keep them from drinking things like mouthwash, rice wine or even hand sanitizer to feed their addiction. The centre’s Dr. Tim Stockwell says that while there is some controversy around the approach, the results of the study are encouraging.

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Source: Vancouver Sun

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