Newsbrief: Heroin Maintenance Study Now Underway in Vancouver 3/18/05

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The North American Opiate Maintenance Initiative (NAOMI) heroin maintenance pilot project got underway Monday in Vancouver. Three Vancouver heroin users became the first in North America to participate in such a program, receiving and injecting free heroin in NAOMI's highly secure facility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The pilot project will last for two years and will eventually include 157 heroin users in Vancouver, as well as hundreds more in Toronto and Montreal as it undergoes a scheduled expansion.

"Today, the treatment stage of the NAOMI study begins," spokesman Jim Boothroyd told reporters Monday. "The clinical trial is fully up and running."

In the clinical study, some participants will receive heroin while others will receive methadone in an effort to see whether heroin works better in weaning long-time drug users who have not responded to either abstinence-based programs or methadone maintenance. Those who receive heroin will go to the NAOMI facility three times a day, seven days a week, to receive and shoot up their fix under a nurse's supervision. Methadone users need come only twice a day to drink their fix.

"This will be the first time in Canadian history that physicians are prescribing heroin for the treatment of heroin dependence," said NAOMI clinical director Dr. David Marsh.

Heroin maintenance programs have been underway in European countries, such as Switzerland and Germany, for several years. They are ardently opposed by United States drug czar John Walters and United Nations anti-drug agencies such as the International Narcotics Control Board.

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Issue #379 -- 3/18/05

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