Newsbrief: Britain Tests Heroin Dispensers 6/21/02

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The United Kingdom's government is backing trials of heroin dispensers that would carefully measure doses in an attempt to reduce heroin-related deaths and reduce crime. The government also hopes the new technology will reduce needle-sharing and curb the spread of AIDS and hepatitis.

The dispenser is a programmable inhaler for methadone or heroin that an addict can self-dispense. The inhalers will be tamper-proof and the dosage set in advance. Dr. Philip Robson, medical director for GW pharmaceuticals, the company that will manufacture the dispensers says, that government figures show that every pound spent on treatment of heroin addicts saves £3 in afflicted areas.

There has also been debate in the Parliament regarding legalization of heroin to solve the nation's drug problems, and BBC has reported that the Parliament is likely to allow doctors more leeway on prescribing heroin to addicts through the National Health Service. According to Lesley King-Lewis, chief executive of Action on Addiction, treatment of heroin addiction reduces criminal behavior by up to 80% and also discourages intravenous administration and overdoses.

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