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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: Sun headlines are not always reliable facts

Stephen Black is correct, Sun headlines are not always reliable and
in this instance they appear to be grossly inadequate.

Professor Strang who is heading up the current heroin trials in the
UK is quoted in The Independent (20.11.07) as putting the cost of the
project for the 150 volunteers in the current experiments, as £2.5
million. Therefore if Mr. Black is prepared to take his own method of
calculation, and assuming that Professor Strang has been quoted
accurately, he would be free to acknowledge the cost would be considerably
more than that indicated by Jason Luty.

Competing interests:
Drug and alcohol recovery

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 January 2008
Peter O'Loughlin
Beckenham BR3 3AT