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Free heroin will cut crime

22nd November 2006

09092006_drugabuse1.jpgA senior police officer has called for heroin to be prescribed to addicts to cut crime sprees.

The deputy chief constable of Nottinghamshire, Howard Roberts, compared the cost of treatment at £12,000 a year to the £45,000 average value of property stolen throughout the course of the year to feed that habit.

The idea is being piloted with 300 to 400 drug users in London, the South East and North of England. Similar schemes in Holland and Switzerland reported some users turning away from crime.

Mr Roberts told the Association of Chief Police Officers' conference in Manchester the damage caused by drug-fuelled addicts could be minimised by providing heroin on prescription as part of a wider treatment.

He said it was time to stop living with the consequences of ‘relatively uncontained addiction’ and wants to explore the idea of using prescriptions to take addicts out of the illegal market.

His comments have found significant support among experts and campaigners.

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Ulrich K?hler

Friday 24th November 2006 @ 12:27

With the legal distribution of Heroin we have to accept that we are moving towards a significant shift in society: accomodating the status quo of poverty! This maybe the only way we are able to mitigate in the disparity of our society...

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