Should America Embrace Prescription Heroin?

Prescription heroin has shown promising results treating addiction in other countries—could it help quell America’s raging opioid crisis?

The approach would be controversial in the US, but it’s worth a shot, found a new Rand Corporation analysis.

Randomized controlled trials in Canada, the UK and the Netherlands found that people addicted to heroin benefited from the approach, in which pharmaceutical grade heroin is injected under medical supervision at designated clinics.

Prescription heroin is intended for those who haven’t had success with other treatments. In Canada, patients eligible for prescription heroin had already tried quitting the drug an average of 11 times.

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