A pilot medical scheme to prescribe heroin to some of the worst addicts in Denmark was approved by the Danish Parliament on Monday.
The programme will see 70 million Danish kroner (9.4 million euros, 14 million dollars) spent on treating about 500 of the worst affected and most marginalised addicts in the country in 2008 and 2009.
AdvertisementHeroin is to be prescribed in combination with methadone, an anti-addiction treatment for heroin, with the aim to rehabilitate and reduce the criminal activity of addicts, the ministry said.
The Danish initiative is inspired by a similar programme in Switzerland.
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