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Netherlands considers prescribing heroin to addicts

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:385
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The combined prescribing of heroin and methadone on medical grounds to long term users of heroin is safe and manageable and has health benefits over ordinary methadone programmes, two large randomised controlled trials in the Netherlands have concluded.

    Prescribing heroin to up to 2000 addicts for whom no other medical treatment has proved effective now looks likely.

    The trials were carried out on 549 patients in six cities between 1998 and 2001 by the Central Committee on the Treatment of Heroin Addicts. The committee was set up by …

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