Dutch report advises prescribing heroin for misusers

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1625

Strictly controlled medical experiments prescribing heroin to a small number of drug misusers should go ahead in the Netherlands, says an advisory report for the Dutch government. Doctors, psychologists, and experts in drug misuse spent a year investigating the value of experiments for the government's scientific advisory body, the Gezondheidsraad (the health council). It decided, from the sparse published reports and limited experience in Britain and Switzerland, that there was no evidence that prescribing heroin on medical grounds was harmful. Yet neither was there any proof of the benefits. But the group argues that additional treatment is needed as current options are failing some misusers. …

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