Source: The Ottawa Citizen
23 February 2010
After years of controversy, Denmark opened its first clinic on Monday
to distribute free heroin under medical supervision to people who are
heavily addicted to the drug.
The Scandinavian country joins Switzerland, the Netherlands and
Germany to allow prescriptions for medicinal heroin.
The clinic is set to serve only 120 of some 300 hard-core heroin
addicts — or only about one per cent of all drug addicts in the country.
Only addicts who have been referred from a methadone centre for
treatment and who voluntarily request to enter the clinic will be
permitted to participate.