Newsbrief: German Heroin Deaths Decline After Safe Injection Sites Introduced 5/10/02

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The German Health Ministry reported on Tuesday that heroin overdose deaths in that country declined by 9.6% last year, the first decline in four years. According to the ministry, 1,835 people died of heroin overdoses in Germany last year. The ministry attributed the decrease to the introduction of government-operated safe injection sites where addicts can inject drugs in a supervised setting, as well as receive counseling and harm reduction information. About 20 safe injection sites run by state governments are in operation around the country.

Meanwhile, an experimental program to provide addicts with heroin under medical supervision is in its second month. Under that program, addicts in seven cities are undergoing what the Germans call "heroin-supported therapy."

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