Summary #1256

‘Very promising’: UK’s first full heroin-prescribing scheme extended after reductions in crime and homelessness
  • Giving heroin users a safe and legal supply of the drug has worked in several countries for decades, and now cities in the UK are seeing the benefits, too.
  • The program is funded with money seized from criminals, and it has enabled addicts to start turning their life around.
  • With the need to constantly buy street heroin (with money from crimes), they were able to engage with health, housing and welfare agencies.
  • Their psychological and physical health got much better.
  • Compared to other efforts to fight this problem, this is the only one that works, and the UK pilot program is going to be extended for another year.


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