April 26, 2010 3:16 p.m. EST
London, United Kingdom (AHN) - The head of Britain’s Royal College of Nursing has recommended the inclusion of heroin prescription in the country’s healthcare system after studies showed that prescribing the drug to addicts helped them cut usage and the commission of crime.
Peter Carter, the general secretary of RCN, made the suggestion Monday during the nursing union’s annual congress in Bournemouth. He based the recommendation on the results of pilot tests on prescription heroin in London, Brighton and Darlington.
In the tests involving 127 heroin addicts, three-fourth of them cut the use of drugs and lowered spending on the drug from $463 to $77, he said.