Study touts treating heroin addicts with heroin - CNN.comdaily heroin injections given to hard-to-treat addicts as part of a comprehensive program succeeded in treating those addicts and reducing crime. The use of street heroin was reduced by three quarters and the crimes committed trying to get drugs were cut by two-thirds, the study found.
This is one of the reasons why I am a staunch proponent of legalization and regulation of all drugs, including having free distribution of the most addicting drugs readily available in an outpatient facility. Take it off the streets, take it from an uncontrolled setting and place it in a controlled setting.
With free distribution comes an establishment of rapport with those that work at the clinic since the addict will be seeing them at numerous times during the day. With the rapport comes a trust in public figures who want to help, and the ability to educate the addict of their choices, and to work with them over time and guide them towards addiction recovery through treatment options if this is what the addict truly desires.
Lets let the ones who previously were without hope speak for themselves:
An even better testament:Sarah described how the program had an almost immediate affect on her life. She said she was able to keep a schedule, stop buying drugs on the street and gain an appreciation of what her life could be like if she wasn't so consumed by getting high.
With this plan the feelings of helplessness and despair that work to aggravate the addiction are replaced with forces that work towards alleviating the addiction, it gives them a life, it gives them hope. Suddenly there is a clear way out from what previously was nothing but a dead end."Emma," said, "The morality of it was taken out of the question. I wasn't being condemned for it and at last I could start taking responsibility in a rational way."
Hats off to the Brits on this one!