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UK government approves heroin use on prescription

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1321
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Heroin users should, in certain circumstances, be able to get the drug on prescription from their GP, a Home Office strategy on tackling drug misuse has recommended.

    The move recognises that not all users find that methadone, the commonly prescribed substitute, works. For some users, it may be better, initially at least, to prescribe heroin, but then gradually move on to methadone.

    The announcement came as part of a major government initiative to tackle the problem of illegal drugs use in the United Kingdom.

    Heroin prescribing was welcomed by the drugs charity Turning Point. …

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