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    Attention Swiss approve prescription heroin

    Swiss approve prescription heroin



    Inside a Swiss heroin clinic


    Swiss voters have backed a change in health policy that would provide prescription heroin to addicts.
    Final results from the national referendum showed 68% of voters supported the plan.
    But in another referendum, the Swiss appear to have rejected the decriminalisation of cannabis.
    The scheme, where addicts inject the drug under medical supervision at a clinic, began in Zurich 14 years ago before spreading across the country.
    The vote was one of a series of referendums held to decide policy on illegal drugs.
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    The policy is described as one of last resort - prescribing addicts with the very drug that caused their problems in the first place - but supporters say it works, and Swiss voters appear to have agreed, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Berne says.
    Switzerland would be the first country to include it in government policy.
    Supporters say it has had positive results - getting long-term addicts out of Switzerland's once notorious "needle parks" and reducing drug-related crime.
    Opponents say heroin prescription sends the wrong message to young people and harms the addicts themselves.
    Opinion polls prior to the vote suggested the Swiss - pleased that their streets are now free of addicts and used syringes - were likely to approve heroin prescription. On cannabis things are less clear - Swiss police regularly turn a blind eye to moderate cannabis use. But recent studies suggesting that long-term use of the drug may be more harmful than previously thought looked likely to encourage a "No" to decriminalisation.



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    Default Re: Swiss approve prescription heroin

    They do that here as well though?

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    Default Re: Swiss approve prescription heroin

    Here they give methadone instead, and addicts don't have to take it in front of anyone so it's not unheard of people selling their meth on and buying brown with the money instead.

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    Default Re: Swiss approve prescription heroin

    Yes they give methadone but in extreme cases they do prescribe diamorphine

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    Default Re: Swiss approve prescription heroin

    I thought diamorphine had to be taken under supervision?

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