In this time, we have found that addicts can lead stable, purposeful lives while in receipt of a heroin prescription. Results show a 15- fold reduction in criminal activities among individual addicts, zero drug-related death rates, zero HIV positivity, a marked improvement in health and a spontaneous remission rate of 5 per cent per annum.
If the Widnes experience was adopted throughout the country, the drug problem we are currently experiencing would cease to exist.
Widnes Drug Dependency Unit
Halton General Hospital (NHS)
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