Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Head To Head

Should heroin be prescribed to heroin misusers? No

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:71

Rapid Response:

Re: The 'fantasy must end'.

Jason Luty is, or should be aware, that we are already prescribing
heroin for heroin addicts in at least three different cities in the UK.
Further those people at the Home Office, whose knowledge of addiction and
the mental processes of addicts are considerably less than Jason Luty's,
are well advanced in their proposals to extend prescribing of heroin to
nurses and pharmacists; proposals that this writer understands has been
approved by the Royal College of Practitioners. It is of course
legalisation in all but name. Similar proposals are also contained in the
NICE guidelines.

Competing interests:
Alcohol and Drug Recovery

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 January 2008
Peter O'Loughlin
Beckenham BR3 3AT