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German project to treat drug addicts not extended despite good results

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39132.343449.DB (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:386
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    A controversial German project to treat drug addicts, in which severely dependent addicts receive twice daily injections of diamorphine, is not going to be extended beyond the seven centres in which it now operates, it was announced last week.

    The programme, which treats about 300 addicts, has aroused strong opposition from the ranks of the conservative Christian Democrat party, which forms part of Germany's coalition government.

    The project started as a controlled trial in 2002, comparing the use of diamorphine and methadone in two groups of drug users, a total of 1120 altogether. The trial ended in June 2006, and the results indicated that the use of diamorphine was more effective in improving the health and lifestyle of addicts than the …

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