What is there to say?
The NAOMI study was funded by an $8.1-million research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
The heroin and hydromorphone participants received three doses a day from health-care professionals in downtown clinics. Most participants – 192 – were from Vancouver. Fifty-nine were from Montreal.
After one year, 90 per cent of the addicts being provided heroin were still in the program and 54 per cent in the methadone program remained – much higher than the retention rates for conventional treatment, Dr. Schechter said.
Researchers said they found a decrease in criminal activity and use of street drugs, and an improvement in health among participants.
Participants must have been addicted to heroin for at least five years and attempted treatment twice in the past.
“This is a group that society has written off as beyond hope,” Dr. Schechter said.
Once again, Emerson comes to mind:
This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, authors of a few lies, but false in all particulars. Their every truth is not quite true. Their two is not the real two, their four not the real four ; so that every word they say chagrins us and we know not where to begin to set them right.
Two failed treatments and the best we can hope for is reduced crime, some improvements in health and persistence in showing up to receive free heroin? All for only $32,270 per participant?