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Old 01.12.2008, 16:03
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Re: Swiss vote on radical heroin rules

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Although I broadly support the idea of heroin prescription for the reasons that it is more effective than Methadone, it does still seem like an "out of sight, out of mind" solution which does nothing to cure chronic drug users.
The article makes it quite clear that prescription heroin is very much the last resort. It's quite reasonable to believe that people who have made it so far cannot be "cured", at which point their addiction is nothing more than a chronic condition that must be treated to minimise its impact (which is what the program attempts to do).

Not every illness (especially mental ones like addiction) can be "cured", at least not with our current levels of medical knowledge. The question then, becomes, do we treat the symptoms so the sufferers can attempt to lead a mostly normal life, or do we cast them out of society with the feeble justification of "drugs are bad, mmmkay" ?
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