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Addicts’ Safe Haven in Vancouver Helps Control HIV

Vancouver has been called the jewel of the Pacific Northwest. But the largest city in British Columbia, Canada, has a darker side. More than 4,000 intravenous drug users live in its Downtown Eastside area, turning alleys around Hastings Street into open-drug markets and shooting galleries. “This alley has a lot of memories,” says Richard Teague, a former heroin addict, gesturing at the garbage-strewn space as he leads a VOA camera crew around his old haunts. “When you’re an addict and...

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