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Re: Swiss vote on radical heroin rules

The Swiss vote is a step further than most other countries that have trialled similar programmes:

By The Associated Press

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Countries with prescription heroin treatment for addicts:
- Switzerland's heroin prescription program has been running since 1994. Nearly 1,300 addicts are injecting the drug under tight supervision this year in one of 23 centers, which also provide psychiatric and social counseling.
- In the Netherlands, heroin prescription has been a regular treatment since 2006. Nearly 600 patients inject the drug under supervision in one of 15 treatment units.
- In Britain, heroin has been prescribed by licensed doctors since the 1920s, but the country has been running limited trials with injection clinics in recent years.
- Last February Denmark approved a two-year trial of heroin prescription.
- Trials with heroin treatment also have been carried out in Belgium, Germany and Spain. - Also, in Canada, a three-year pilot project by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research involving 251 addicts in Vancouver and Montreal ended in June. The results of the Canadian trial are still being assessed, but data show that patients' health improved and crime dropped sharply, according to the researchers.
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