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Charity pays drug addicts to use long term contraception

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1575
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

A charity is paying female drug addicts in the UK to use birth control, saying it has stopped its controversial offer to fund sterilisations.

Project Prevention, which began in the US and launched in the UK last year, says women with drug or alcohol problems will receive £200 (€233; $324) if they agree to have contraceptive implants or coils fitted.

It said the money would be paid in three instalments—£50 when the device is fitted, a further £50 after six months, and £100 if the device is still in place after a year.

According to a BBC report, 26 female addicts in Britain have already been paid.

The US charity was founded by Barbara Harris from North Carolina who adopted four children …

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