My initial reaction was that this is another example of professional pessimism. But, Neil McKeganey generally seems like a very well informed, recovery-focused advocate for addicts. I was a little surprised to see him supporting it. It looks like the electrical pulse is very mild and the treatment is in the same ballpark as acupuncture.
Still, one has to ask, does it make sense to spend money on this research when Scotland has 6 month waiting lists to get treatment and methadone is the treatment of choice in spite of heroin addicts’ preference for abstinence-based treatment?
I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise that a researcher supports research.