Drug treatment is proposed to manage child sex offenders

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1343
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    New proposals on the management of those who commit sexual offences against children in England and Wales will include the use of drug treatments, said the home secretary, John Reid. The drugs, to reduce libido, would be given on a voluntary basis.

    The drugs envisaged are of two types: antidepressants of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class and hormonal treatments designed to reduce testosterone concentrations.

    Dr Reid also announced plans to allow limited disclosure of sex offender status to parents or guardians. Parents and guardians who are concerned that someone in contact with their child may be a convicted sex offender can register their interest in that person with the police. Police and child protection workers will …

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