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Norway to test free heroin for drug addicts

AFP  |  Oslo 

Norway, which has one of the highest deadly rates in Europe, will test prescribing free to the most serious addicts to improve their living conditions, the government said today.

The Norwegian Directorate for and Social Affairs has been tasked with proposing an experimental project to identify patients likely to benefit from the programme, to examine the implementation method, and to calculate the costs.

"We hope that this will provide a solution that will give... a better quality of life to some addicts who are today out of our reach and whom current programmes do not help enough," Minister wrote on

has one of the highest overdose mortality rates in Europe, with 81 deaths per million in 2015 after (132 deaths per million) and (88 deaths per million), according to the

Already adopted or tested in Switzerland, the and Denmark, medical therapy is controversial, but supporters argue that in addition to improving the quality of life of addicts and lowering overdose mortality, it reduces crime and the costs associated with it.

The first treatments under the project will begin in 2020 at the earliest, the ministry said in a statement. The initiative could benefit up to 400 drug addicts, according to the daily

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 16:15 IST