5 Oct 2012
The treatment of heroin addicts in Scotland is to be reviewed, the Scottish Government announced today.
It will form an expert group to discuss alternatives to methadone, an expensive substitute costing tens of millions each year without properly getting addicts off heroin.
Scottish Conservative health spokesman and deputy leader Jackson Carlaw MSP said:
“The methadone programme in Scotland has been an utter disaster, and now costs more lives than the drug it was supposed to help people off.
“A review of its use is long overdue, but the important thing is getting people to stop taking heroin, not simply find a stop gap.
“I hope as a result of this a more driven focus on abstinence based treatment is considered, and it is important we don’t come out the other end with even more replacement therapies which often don’t help anyone, and cost the public purse millions.”
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