International News: Australian Prime Minister Cancels Heroin Maintenance Trial, Dutch Prepare to Go Ahead With Their Own Version 8/22/97

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AUSTRALIA CANCELS HEROIN TRIAL

Australian Prime Minister John Howard, feeling pressure from right-wing radio talk show hosts and a blistering campaign by Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloids, including The Sydney Daily Telegraph, decided on Tuesday that Australia would not go ahead with a 40-patient heroin maintenance trial. The trial, modeled on the recently completed, hugely successful Swiss trial, had previously been approved by the Ministerial Council on Drug policy. A full report on the Australian heroin trial roller-coaster will soon be available on DRCNet's web site.

For a summary of the Swiss heroin trial, visit http://www.lindesmith.org/presumm.html.

DUTCH HEROIN EXPERIMENT MAY INCLUDE HUNDREDS

Dutch Health Minister Els Borst-Eilers said that she hopes to include 750 heroin addicts in her country's version of the Swiss heroin maintenance trial, adding, "If the number of test subjects is too limited, we may not be able to detect the beneficial effects of the test." An advisory commission had previously recommended a using a sample of between 600 and 900 addicts for the trials. Visit http://www.lindesmith.org/prescho.html for information on the Dutch proposal.

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