Norway to Test Free Heroin for Drug Addicts

Dominick Reuter, writing for AFP:

Norway, which has one of the highest deadly drug overdose rates in Europe, will test prescribing free heroin to the most serious addicts to improve their living conditions, the government said on Friday.

The Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs has been tasked with proposing an experimental project to identify patients likely to benefit from the programme, to examine the implementation method, and to calculate the costs.

While the FBI is causing more harm than good by raiding heroin users, Norway is preparing to address its substance abuse issues with a more innovative, and likely effective, approach.