ACT Begins Trials of Heroin Treatment Drugs!

ACT Begins Trials of Heroin Treatment Drugs!
Posted by FoM on March 13, 1999 at 08:20:19 PT

 The ACT Government has begun trials of two drugs as an alternative to the methadone program.From the beginning of the year, a trial involving 30 people using the opioud drug buprenorphine began and results are expected later this year.
A second experiment involving 15 people will be based on the withdrawal drug naltrexone.ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell says it is important to find alternatives for heroin addicts not helped by methadone."What we've got to do is trial a number of different approaches for people coming off heroin," she said."We know that methadone suits some people but by no stretch of the imagination everybody, so we're looking for different drug treatments."She says it is important to try something new."I think all of these approaches are worth something," Mrs Carnell said."Let's be fair, at the moment people are dying, people are involved in property crime...TVs and stereos are being stolen in drug-related crimes."We've got to do something about it," she said.
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