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NCJ Number: 200779 Find in a Library
Title: Heroin-Based Treatment
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2002  Pages:523-542
Author(s): Ingo Ilja Michels
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 20
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the debate over prescribing medicinal narcotics in Germany.
Abstract: Ten years of controversial discussions concerning the potential usefulness of prescribing heroin for medicinal purposes ended with the newly elected government declaring its support for such programming in 1999. This article questions whether embracing heroin treatment as a component of a coherent drug policy will negatively impact the overall message of drug prevention. Noting the effectiveness of prescribing heroin medically in Switzerland and in the Netherlands, the author suggests that criticisms against the medical use of heroin are similar to those raised against using methadone treatment programs in order to combat drug addiction. Taboos against prescribing heroin for medical purposes are likely to be lifted once this practice is in place, and the anticipated social work practices likely associated with the prescription of heroin would be similar to the psychological and social assistance prescribed in other drug substitution treatment programs. Briefly detailing the proposed heroin project model in terms of scientific questions and research design, this article suggests that the medical use of heroin can reduce health and social problems while improving the quality of life for heroin using patients. References
Main Term(s): Heroin; Heroin maintenance
Index Term(s): Drug treatment; Drug treatment programs; Germany; LAMM (L-alpha acetyl methadol); Methadone; Methadone detoxification treatment; Methadone maintenance
Note: Special Issue: Confronting the Prohibition Model: German Drug Policy in the 21st Century, see NCJ-200770-778, and NCJ-200780-786
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