I think the thing about most hard addicts is that they are going to do it anyway and having a safe place to go and a controlled enviroment is important. Heroin addiction is so much more intense than that and many addicts don't even want to quit
I don't know drug addicts disgust me. I don't do any drugs, not even alcohol.
They are going to get their fix, either way, it's better that they don't end up in the hospital due to not using a clean needle and an impure substance than to go out on the streets looking for it and commit crimes in order to get money to pay for the drugs.
Wow these comments just reek of shortsightedness.
Did no one read about the evidence that suggests that these centres will reduce harm and addiction?
Depends on the degree of addiction, but this is understandable. As far as I'm aware, heroin is a very, very addictive drug, and most of its dangers lie in the possibility of overdosing or complications from unclean needles. Having it administered medically removes these dangers, removes the need for people to resort to criminal behaviour, and could well be used to wean someone off it (though this would obviously be difficult).
Not to mention that most of the social consequences of heroin use (on top of the many individual consequences) stem from people only being able to get it from criminal dealers. If they don't have to pay extortionate prices to drug gangs, they don't have to steal from the rest of us or beg or find other ways to feed their habit, and that money doesn't get passed on to some of the most truly evil people in society (drug gangsters).
Obviously you don't make them go cold turkey as they'll probably die but just because "they're going to do it anyway" doesn't mean we should be encouraging them.
These addicts should be getting treated in a safe place with professionals.
It can help users. They will be much safer and have a better chance of living a normal life. It may also reduce crime.
It's a mixed message though. Are drugs illegal or not? It's legalisation through the back door. I don't have a problem with that but if that is the policy, politicians should be straight with the electorate about that. It undermines the rule of law.
The drug addicts need to be banged up, not just given even more of the stuff.
This isn't really news, users have been given methadone for years haven't they? Which is just as addictive as heroin, don't see what the big news is, methadone/ diamorphine, potato/ potahto