Yet another ridiculous study was written in the UK medical journal the Lancet regarding the effectiveness of giving heroin addicts controlled heroin injections. An Associated Press article stated:
“In a British study of 127 people who previously failed to beat their addiction, scientists gave them either injectable heroin or methadone. After six months, those who got heroin were much less likely to continue taking the drug illegally than those who got methadone.”
Well, let’s see here, when you give someone free heroin, of course they will be less likely to obtain the drug illegally – that’s a no-brainer!!!! The only good thing about this study is that it showed that methadone is really not very successful at ending opiate drug addiction.
The most successful form of heroin addiction treatment is and always has been a long-term (more than 90 days) drug-free rehabilitation program that is not based on the disease concept and helps former addicts repair damage to their bodies as well. Unfortunately, there are only a few of these truly effective drug rehabs around.