When All Else Fails:|
Controlled Access To
Heroin Makes Sense
This June, for the second time in three years, the people of |
Switzerland voted to make heroin available to addicts who
have been unsuccessful in treatment and with methadone.
An independent review of the Swiss heroin program published|
by the World Health Organization* found:
- Participants in the heroin maintenance program reduced criminal activity by over 50%.
- The percentage of participants in the heroin maintenance program holding a job rose from 14% to 32%.
- The percentage of participants in the heroin maintenance program who were homeless dropped from 12% to 1%.
- There were significant drops in the use of illegal drugs reported, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana and benodiazepines.
- There was no diversion of prescribed heroin to the illegal street market.
- There were no overdoses from heroin prescribed by the program.
Less crime, less illegal drugs, improved health,|
higher employment and less homelessness!
Prescription heroin makes sense when abstinence
and methadone treatment fail.
Common Sense for Drug Policy Kevin B. Zeese, President|
703-354-5694, 703-354-5695 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org,
* Robert Ali et al,
"Report of the External Panel on the Evaluation of the Swiss Scientific Studies of Medically |
Prescribed Narcotics to Drug Addicts," The World Health Organization, April 1999.
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