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    Homeless drug users in Scotland will be allowed to inject pharmaceutical-grade heroin twice a day under the supervision of medical officials as part of a new program intended to reduce drug deaths and H.I.V. infection.

    The pilot project, known as heroin-assisted treatment, is the first such licensed operation in Scotland, a country that has been called the “drug death capital of the world.” It has struggled to cope with high rates of fatal drug overdoses and its worst H.I.V. outbreak in decades.

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    I believe they tried this a generation ago in Switz. It didn't work well. The reason they gave was addicts didn't like picking up H legally. Part of the deal is the crime lifestyle?
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    The Twilight Zone did an episode like that....A Nice Place to Visit....

    Rocky has become bored with having his whims instantly satisfied. He calls Pip and asks for a challenge in which he might run the risk of losing. Pip offers to set up a bank robbery, but Rocky abandons the idea, saying that a pre-planned outcome would take the fun out of the crime. He then tells Pip that he is tired of Heaven and wants to go to "the other place," to which Pip retorts, "Heaven? Whatever gave you the idea you were in Heaven, Mr. Valentine? This is the other place!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam$ View Post
    I believe they tried this a generation ago in Switz. It didn't work well. The reason they gave was addicts didn't like picking up H legally. Part of the deal is the crime lifestyle?
    Bet they also do not like being supervised.
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    Bet they also do not like being supervised.
    People who suffer this type of addiction are usually paranoid, and highly suspicious of others. I would think that very few prefer the criminal lifestyle, although I am certain there are some. They don't get some sort of kick out of crime, but steal in order to get a fix. People, even addicts, are a reflection of the general population.
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    The Netherlands has distributed heroin to its citizens via supervised injection sites or heroin treatment centers since the 90s. Dutch public health experts cite these actions as one reason the country sees significantly fewer opioid-related deaths than the U.S., according to Cleveland.com.

    The Netherlands reported just 235 fatal opioid overdoses in 2016, compared to 4,050 in Ohio, alone, for the same year.

    The country launched the heroin distribution program in 1988. To qualify for the program, individuals must be at least 35 years old, a regular user for at least five years and have a record of repeatedly unsuccessful treatment efforts, which includes methadone-maintenance therapy, meaning the program offered in the Netherlands is a last resort.

    The Netherlands' federal distribution of heroin is rooted in three key concepts:

    1. Drug addiction should be seen as a chronic disorder — rather than a condition needing to be cured — and may be best treated with supervised drug use.

    2. Treatment does not mean stopping drug use, which in clinical settings reduces criminal activity and improves patient well-being.
    3. Policies affecting public health should be created by practical application, instead of moral choices.

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    The positive impact is clear. The open scenes have not reappeared, and drug-related crime has seen an “exceptional reduction,” according to a study by the University of Lausanne’s Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology. Though they were once “a sector of society deeply immersed in crime,” the number of drug addicts having dealings with the police has fallen by two-thirds. “Crime linked to heroin has almost disappeared, because the drug is now available for free,” explained Regula Müller, social-affairs councillor for the city of Bern. Huber said: “The police supported us when they saw that crime and public-nuisance offenses were falling.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremyp View Post
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    The positive impact is clear. The open scenes have not reappeared, and drug-related crime has seen an “exceptional reduction,” according to a study by the University of Lausanne’s Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology. Though they were once “a sector of society deeply immersed in crime,” the number of drug addicts having dealings with the police has fallen by two-thirds. “Crime linked to heroin has almost disappeared, because the drug is now available for free,” explained Regula Müller, social-affairs councillor for the city of Bern. Huber said: “The police supported us when they saw that crime and public-nuisance offenses were falling.”
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    It is all for free, they just pluck it from the refined heroin trees that grow like wild flowers everywhere. There is no cost to anyone, the entire social welfare and drug distribution bureaucracy is a massive economic boom for the nation, kind of like finding a 50 trillion cubic feet natural gas reserve under a hill. It is win-win.

    All the social service bureaucracy and their heroin addict clients now have unlimited free time to serve the public to clean the streets, grow crops, design and build new machinery for factories, cure diseases, heal the sick, build and repair bridges, pave roads and teach children.
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    Quote Originally Posted by user4 View Post
    It is all for free, they just pluck it from the refined heroin trees that grow like wild flowers everywhere. There is no cost to anyone, the entire social welfare and drug distribution bureaucracy is a massive economic boom for the nation, kind of like finding a 50 trillion cubic feet natural gas reserve under a hill. It is win-win.

    All the social service bureaucracy and their heroin addict clients now have unlimited free time to serve the public to clean the streets, grow crops, design and build new machinery for factories, cure diseases, heal the sick, build and repair bridges, pave roads and teach children.
    Thank you President Duterte.
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    Meanwhile...


    Tufts University removed the Sackler name from five facilities and programs on Thursday over the family’s role in the opioid epidemic, a gesture aimed at distancing the institution from a pharmaceutical dynasty closely tied to the school for 40 years.

    A series of major cultural institutions, including the Tate, Britain’s National Portrait Gallery and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, announced this year that they would no longer take donations from the Sacklers.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/u....co/f5cR8Vk3p7
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