Crosstown Clinic’s Dr. Scott MacDonald spoke in spring 2019 at a prestigious American conference on opioids and harm reduction.
The event organizer, Washington, DC-based think tank, The Cato Institute, is known for its libertarian public-policy research. But it has championed the work of Crosstown Clinic, North America’s only clinic offering prescription heroin treatment, and says the US government’s strategy around illicit opioids isn’t working.
Dr. MacDonald, who previously testified before a US Senate Committee on Crosstown, emphasized its safe, cost-effective — and lifesaving — work.
He says the illicit drug overdose problem cuts across the political spectrum and that prohibition simply hasn’t worked.