Doctors Say: “Let’s Give Heroin Addicts Heroin”

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For many heroin users, the best solution to their addiction is more heroin, according to British researchers. Long-term heroin users who continued to use street heroin despite being on methadone programs were able to cut down and in some cases end their heroin use when given medical-grade heroin as part of a supervised program, a recent study found. Test subjects—who had been using the drug for an average of 17 years—began taking steps towards finding employment and taking responsibility for their lives, according to the lead researcher.

“This is a treatment for a severe group of heroin addicts that ordinary treatments have failed with, and the question we’re answering is: ‘Are these patients untreatable?'” the study leader tells the BBC. “The very good news is that you can get these people on a constructive trajectory.” While the supervised heroin program costs more than other treatments, it’s significantly cheaper than putting people in jail, he added.

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13 Responses to Doctors Say: “Let’s Give Heroin Addicts Heroin”

  1. MadMike

    May 29, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I understand the logic in this. Unfortunately such a treatment program would never be approved over here. The bible bangers would be demonstrating in the streets.

  2. osori

    May 29, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Mike’s right.It would be used as a divisive issue, with the teabagger mentality preventing rational discussion.

  3. Jerry Critter

    May 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Over $20 BILLION dollars have been spent so far this year on the War On Drugs. With that amount of money, comes political power. There is a big vested interest in keeping our current drug program the way it is — unfortunately. Combine that with teabaggery and bible banging, and the War On Drugs continues to be another “war” that we are losing.

  4. Randal Graves

    May 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    This was ever put into effect, we’d have every Cletus demanding his fair share of Schlitz.

  5. Holte Ender

    May 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    There is no reason why addicts of any substance cannot become productive members of society and be helped in the bright light of day instead of in the shadows.

  6. Krell

    May 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    We cannot even get past the legal hurdles of Pot. Heroin?? No way, not in a million years.

    Jerry Critter got it. There is a vested interest in maintaining the present status on the Drug Policy.

    Can be very confusing…from US Soldiers guarding Poppy Fields in Afghanistan right now, to the CIA helping with transportation back in the Air America days, the War on Drugs has shifting battle lines.

  7. The Lawyer

    May 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    It’ll never work. It makes too much sense.

    • MadMike

      May 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      Yes!!!!

    • 2Bheard

      March 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      It makes all the sense in the world addicts will be productive ,decriminalized, instead of energy and risk wasted on getting well from a fix, an addicted person can get the medicine they need it is what it is.Crime will go down prison space opened up for True Criminals.America is in the stone age when it comes to addiction.

  8. MadMike

    May 29, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I was on the front lines of the “War on Drugs” way back when and I can tell you it is a complete and utter failure almost to the point where it is actually a joke.

  9. 2Bheard

    March 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    i am an addict i tried everything methadone maintenance,cold turkey ,i am very educated not a street person yet…why is our country so backwards.giving addicts herion is proven in Europe to work,reduce crime, whats the problem.I need herion just to feel normal I don’t get high off it. so to have a normal day I have to go to dangerious Chicago streets and commit a felony everyday (for possesion) not to get high but to feel normal to go to work.And if the Chicago cops stop you thats a whole different story. To them you are scum and they do what ever suits them that day more afraid of cops than street thugs and drug dealers.

  10. psychedelikrelik

    March 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Nothing disinfects like the bright light of day. As long as we keep addiction criminal and drugs black market, we’re encouraging REAL crime. Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol, how did that lesson escape so many?

    Even methamphetamine is available in pill form…nobody has to burn to death for it.

  11. SagaciousHillbilly

    March 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Lie others have said, as long as addicts and addiction are treated as a dirty moral problem nothing will change.
    Addiction is a disease. It should be treated as a disease without the ridiculous stigma the moralists insist upon tagging it with.
    If we could focus on the treatment methods that work and begin employing them in treatment centers that are set-up to actually produce results, a lot of these “hopeless” addicts would be able to recover. The rest who are constitutionally incapable of recovery could then be treated in a manner fitting their needs.
    But that aint gonna happen as long as corporate Amurkkka is making billions off the “war on drugs” and revolving door treatment centers.
    Like everything else in this country, follow the money.