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    Default Switzerland gives out prescription heroin

    This isn't exactly new, but I just came across it a few days ago and found it very interesting. I would have never thought of such a strange solution.

    BBC url: BBC NEWS | Europe | Swiss approve prescription heroin
    More info here: Switzerland's Heroin Experiment

    Swiss voters have approved a radical health policy that offers prescription heroin to addicts on a permanent basis.

    Final results from the national referendum showed 68% of voters supported the plan.

    The scheme, allowing addicts to inject the drug under medical supervision at a clinic, began in Zurich 14 years ago before spreading across the country.

    But in another referendum vote, 63% of voters rejected the decriminalisation of cannabis.

    The heroin vote was one of a series of referendums held to decide policy on illegal drugs.

    Under the scheme, addicts visit clinics up to twice a day, where they inject the drug under medical supervision. They can also be treated for other medical issues or mental health problems, out correspondent says.

    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 will 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.

    On the cannabis issue, the government had opposed a change to the law.
    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 had looked likely to encourage a "No" to decriminalisation.

    Jo Lang, a Green Party MP from Zug, said he was disappointed that the proposal to change the law on cannabis had failed.
    "People have died from alcohol and heroin, but not from cannabis," said Mr Lang.

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    I don't believe in government doling out drugs, but this is a lot better than what we have here.
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    I remember this when it passed. I was so baffled that they kept Marijuana illegal.

    "Let's use our resources to enable heroin addicts, but damn those pot heads the hell!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I remember this when it passed. I was so baffled that they kept Marijuana illegal.

    "Let's use our resources to enable heroin addicts, but damn those pot heads the hell!"
    I think marijuana has medical worth, but it's nowhere near as crucial as treating a heroin addict with SOME kind of regimen.
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    Interesting.

    The government here has a program where it gave out "crack kits" in hopes of lessening the instances of disease and injury among users. There are needle drop boxes too, for safe disposal. It's controversial though.. conservative media tends to slam it as a waste of resources and coddling while liberal media takes a more neutral stance in citing potential benefits.

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    mMHHmh...heroin...must...go...to...switerland

    "Let's use our resources to enable heroin addicts, but damn those pot heads the hell!"
    If I remember correctly, each Kanton can dictate specific drugs-related policy. Kanton Tessin (the Italian-speaking Kanton) allows marijuana, actually it's quite famous among italian potheads exactly for this reason.
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    well if you can't stop people from using it might as well see to it that they do it as safely as possible...

    weird that they would leave lighter drugs illegal though.
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    Many of the problems associated with heroin are directly attributable to its being illegal: spreading disease through dirty needles, getting stuff like fentanyl in the bag, etc. Decriminalization has helped quite a bit in Portugal. It's not an instantaneous addiction, sending people into streets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Many of the problems associated with heroin are directly attributable to its being illegal: spreading disease through dirty needles, getting stuff like fentanyl in the bag, etc. Decriminalization has helped quite a bit in Portugal. It's not an instantaneous addiction, sending people into streets.
    This may be true, but seriously, heroin is still very unhealthy are one of the more addictive drugs available.

    And the question is why should they have the government giving people fixes? That's quite a bit different from just legalizing it.
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    Well if they can class it as a prescription drug and normalize it then you'd reduce a lot of the drug violence and spread of disease through dirty needles, at least.

    My friend and I have argued over this, he's a former heroin junkie and he claims that a prescription system would never work because the drug is just that good that you would have to get more of the drug than a prescription would ever give you, which means nothing would be fixed.
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