Swiss Heroin Prescription Program and Flop

A heroin prescription program for cronic addicts in Switzerland between 1994 and 2000 is a massive failure.

The program maintained the addicts on prescription heroin.

Of the 2166 addicts that used the program almost half (1031 addicts) left for the following reasons -

  • 224 joined abstinance (drug free) programs
  • 379 joined a methodone program so as to maintain drug use
  • 28 sought other treatment
  • 30 died
  • 87 left for involvement in violence and trafficking
  • 34 imprisonment
  • 41 health reasons
  • 154 walked out
  • 54 other reasons

The Swiss government claims that prescription heroin is "treatment".

The Swiss government keeps its most vunerable citizens addicted rather than helping them to get drug free.

52% of the cronic addicts that remained in the program are maintained in their heroin addiction with the consequent harmful health effects.

Of the 48% of those that left the program most are still addicted.

(Source: The Lancet 27/10/01)

MOST ADDICTS IN THE SWISS PROGRAM NEVER GOT DRUG FREE