Some of the leading doctors have urged that drug addicts should be given Heroin. They also mentioned that they have to be allowed to supervise the users in exclusively designated shoot-up galleries in places when the dependency is extremely high. A couple of days ago, the British Medical Association made the controversial statement by stating that it will help in bringing down the crime and also bringing down the spreading of HIV. It is now requesting the Government to give Heroin supported treatment and also supervisory consumption rooms wherein the doctors will give out the drug and play a helping hand to the patients.
However, a lot of campaigners stated that this move has shattered many people’s hopes and blamed the doctors for assisting the addicts by encouraging their habits. The Chairman of BMA’s public health medicine committee, Mr Kennedy stated that the main idea is that the drug users can now be given appropriate care in a much safer manner. He stated that the doctors will suggest the drug and it will be dispensed for them for using.
He claimed that the doctors are just going to play the role as physicians in exactly the same way that the physicians would prescribe the medicines. He also went on to add that these are medicinal heroin and therefore it is absolutely fine for the users to consume it. Mr.Kennedy went on to add that the doctors must be allowed to supervise the users in exclusively designated places across all towns where their dependency is really high. The rooms that will be designated for this purpose will have clean injecting equipment and will also have trained doctors to help the users. He stated that this is one of their attempts to bring down crime and he is confident that this approach will benefit the people as well as the government.
At present, heroin addicts are prescribed methadone on the NHS at a reduced rate to assist them come out of this habit and thereby reduce the withdrawal symptoms. However, there are experts who claim that methadone is even more addictive when compared to heroin and it will thereby result in the patients staying addicted to drugs for years without getting any better. They say that it is a bigger concern than one can imagine.