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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:

Sun headlines are not always reliable facts

I was awfully suspicious of the numbers quoted by Jason Luty ("The
cost of the heroin treatments is up to £15,000 per patient"). So I checked
his references and some others.

As far as I can tell the £15,000 number is the total cost of setting
up and running the trial divided by the number of addicts enrolled. This
is not exactly a reliable basis for evaluating the ongoing cost of

Just because the Sun is popular doesn't make it right, nor does it
mean rational decision makers can't do the right thing even if it is

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 January 2008
stephen black
management consultant
london sw1w 9sr