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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Super Heroin

Swiss residents are getting ready to vote on whether or not they will continue a controversial drug treatment program which basically gives heroin away to long-term addicts for free. While methadone continues to be the most popular treatment for addicts, those who have been on the horse for more than 13 years (and have tried at least twice to get - and stay - clean) may be eligible for the prescription program, where they attend a clinic everyday for heroin injections.

Originally, this program (and others, such as needle exchanges) was a temporary experiment instituted to curb the rising rates of HIV and hepatitis - diseases spread by sharing needles. Now, Switzerland is set to vote on making it permanent.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

1 comment:

  1. And they did. The bill passed, making this a permanent program.