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Dutch and Swiss support heroin on prescription

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7112.831j (Published 04 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:831
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Dutch MPs have agreed to launch a pilot study for providing heroin on prescription as part of a strictly controlled medical experiment. The move came as a referendum in Switzerland gave overwhelming backing for the government's three year old scheme to provide heroin to addicts.

    Researchers have shown that crime levels among Swiss drug misusers taking part in the scheme have fallen by 60% since the scheme started. The Swiss government signalled that it might expand the programme, which …

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