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Dutch plan to prescribe heroin for long term misusers

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 22 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1036
  1. T Sheldon

    Doctors are planning to prescribe heroin to a few drug misusers in several Dutch cities. They argue that people who have misused drugs for, in some cases, over 20 years should be regarded as having a chronic medical condition. Prescribing small amounts of heroin daily under medical supervision and on condition that the users take part in social rehabilitation programmes could help stabilise lives and reduce suffering, they argue.

    Politicians are keen to find solutions to the increasing …

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