Friday, November 24, 2006

London: Police chief calls for prescription heroin

London: Heroin addicts should be given pharmaceutical heroin at National Health Service clinics to reduce crime, said Howard Roberts, deputy chief of police in Nottingham and vice chairman of the drugs committee of the Association of Chief Police Officers in the UK.

Roberts said that providing addicts with heroin would cost about a third or a tenth of the cost of crimes committed by addicts each year to finance their addictions. Source.

Pilot programs to test the concept are set to begin in February in Brighton and Hove, named the drug death capital of Britain. Details.

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