quarta-feira, fevereiro 14, 2007
Bélgica inicia prescrição médica de heroína
CITY OF LIEGE (BELGIUM) STARTS EXPERIMENT WITH MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION OF HEROIN TO 200 PEOPLE
The city of Liège starts in the autumn of 2007 with the controlled prescription of heroin. 200 heroin consumers have been selected to take part in the three year experiment, that is being paid for by the Ministries of Public Health and Justice. This makes Belgium the fifth country in Europe (after Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain) where authorities have decided to include heroin prescription as a part of drug treatment.
Approx. 50 % of the 200 people that have been selected to participate in the experiment, will be treated with diacetylmorphine (farmaceutical heroïn), while the other half will only receive methadone. All participants will receive medical and psychosocial treatment. In this way, it can be investigated if a treatment with heroin has a plusvalue with regards to a treatment with methadone.
The controlled prescription of heroin is defended by local authorities as a way to encourage addicts to improve their health and re-integrate in society. The participants will have to present themselves 3 times a day, 7 days a week, and follow a psycho-scoial treatment.