Press conference announcement - Suppressed NAOMI trial results to be presented

    Concealed in Canada, NAOMI results are already available abroad

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Suppressed results from the NAOMI
trials will be released at a press conference in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
on Friday, October 10 at 1pm. Originally scheduled to be released by academics
in Montreal last month, the results were put on hold until after the federal
election. The results have already been made public in Switzerland on April 3,
    According to Thia Walter, Executive Director, Life Is Not Enough Society
(L.I.N.E.S.), community members are angry that they were used as guinea pigs
in this study, only to have the results hijacked by politics.
    "Members of the community are filing an ethics complaint to Providence
Health Care stating that while the results have been presented abroad they
have not been made known here in Canada even though they offer heroin addicted
individuals the hope of desperately needed treatment options," says David Eby,
Campaign Director, Pivot Legal Society.
    Is this yet another example of the government's established pattern of
ignoring results and politicizing science at the peril of public health?


    WHEN:     Friday, October 10th, 2008, 1:00pm-2:00pm

    WHERE:    VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users)
              380 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Colombia

    WHAT:     A presentation of key finding of North America's only heroin
              trial to the public. The media will be provided with hard
              copies of the NAOMI study results.

    WHO:      The data will also be presented and discussed by:

              Thia Walter, Executive Director, L.I.N.E.S.
              David Eby, Campaign Director, Pivot Legal Society.
              Dean Wilson, Director, VANDU

              Participants of the NAOMI project will be on hand offering
              thoughts of their experiences and to answer questions.

    What is NAOMI:

    The North America Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) was an $8.1 million
Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) research grant awarded in 2002.
Study recruitment was completed by 2007. The study took 190 people from a
marginalized drug addicted population and evaluated the impact providing
prescription narcotics would have on their lives.

    - 45% were prescribed methadone orally,
    - 45% were prescribed injectable heroin,
    - 10% were prescribed hydromorphone (dilaudid) -This was done in a double
      blind study.

    Robin Evans
    Phone: 604-689-8801
    Fax: 604-689-8831

For further information:

For further information: Kailin See, Special Operations Director,
L.I.N.E.S, (604) 676-7667, Cell: (778) 997-3930

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