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Prescription of heroin to treatment resistant heroin addicts

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:229

Heroin handouts are flawed policy

  1. Eric A Voth (, chairman,
  2. Ernst Aeschbach, doctor
  1. Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Institute on Global Drug Policy, St Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
  2. Private Practice of Psychiatry, Bettackerstrasse 7, CH-8152 Glattbrugg, Switzerland

    EDITOR—We question the conclusions of van den Brink et al, who say that the use of heroin is comparable or perhaps better than methadone for resistant addicts.1 Their measures of efficacy should raise serious questions as to the validity of the study. Deterioration of …

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