Globe: Free heroin: harm reduction or enabling?

November 5, 2008 at 2:13 am Leave a comment

Today’s must-read from the Globe and Mail:

The firestorm over giving diehards a free heroin fix

Excerpt:

Martin Schechter, NAOMI’s chief investigator, said researchers have no qualms about giving addicts free heroin and denied the program helped enable their addictions.

“This is a way of providing a maintenance therapy that allows them to get out of the street cycle of illicit drugs because these people are injecting heroin right now,” Dr. Schechter said. “It’s not like we’re starting them on heroin. They’re on it now. So the question is: Who do you want prescribing it? You have the black market or doctors or nurses.”

Entry filed under: needle exhange, safe injection sites, social issues.

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