Study shows unique addiction program for women works

Vancouverites write letters of support to save the Rainier program. (Photo: Carlos Tello)

Vancouverites write letters of support to save the Rainier program. (Photo: Carlos Tello)

A scientific evaluation of the Downtown Eastside’s unique women-only drug treatment program — one that is being threatened with closure at the end of November — shows that it has been remarkably successful in recruiting the most vulnerable women in the neighbourhood and reducing their overall drug use.

But Vancouver Coastal Health is dismissing those results and believes that the large involvement of the PHS (Portland Hotel Society) Community Services Society in the evaluation — which operates the program alongside the health authority — has biased the results.

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