(CBC) A longtime heroin addict named Max winds a band of blue rubber around his bicep.
"So my veins will stick up," he explains before quickly sliding the needle beneath his skin and injecting a powerful drug called hydromorphone.
This isn't happening in a back alley. Instead, Max is inside a brightly lit room where injection drug users are taking part in a clinical trial where they are given their drugs and needles.
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The facility is called the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver's downtown eastside.
The trial is the first of its kind in the world and one addiction expert is urging jurisdictions across the country to quickly follow suit.