Prescription heroin helps addicts off street drugs
May 28, 2010 | Reuters

(Reuters Health) – Prescribing heroin to addicts who can’t kick their habit helps them stay off street drugs, British researchers said Friday. So far, doctors have had little hope of treating the 10 percent or more of heroin users who don’t respond to methadone, the standard anti-a...

Prescribed heroin offers answer for worst addicts: Study
May 28, 2010 | Reuters

(Reuters) – Prescribing heroin to chronic addicts may be politically sensitive, but it is more effective than the substitute methadone at keeping drug abusers in treatment programmes, British scientists said on Friday. Researchers who studied different ways of treating heroin addiction said th...

On-site heroin urged for chronic addicts
May 28, 2010 | CBC News

Supervised medical treatment with heroin leads to significantly lower use of street heroin by chronic addicts than does injected or oral methadone, according to a study to be published Friday in the medical journal, Lancet. The randomized controlled trial involved heroin addicts who were receiving c...

Giving some addicts heroin may be more effective than methadone to break habit
May 28, 2010 | The Canadian Press

LONDON – Some heroin addicts who got the drug under medical supervision had a better chance of kicking the habit than those who got methadone, a new study says. In a British study of 127 people who previously failed to beat their addiction, scientists gave them either injectable heroin or meth...

Conservatives should get weak on drugs
April 26, 2010 | The National Post

Citizens from across the political spectrum have largely considered illicit drugs such as cocaine and marijuana a grave threat to Canadian society. Accordingly, promises to get tough on drugs are proven vote-spinners for politicians coast-to-coast. Not surprisingly, the mandatory minimum sentences f...

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