Middlesbrough Heroin Assisted Treatment scheme to begin

Fifteen people have been selected to take part in the scheme
BBC News (UK)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

heroin syringeA scheme that will see drug addicts given daily doses of medical-grade heroin will begin. Costing £12,000 per person, the scheme in Middlesbrough, on Teesside, will see people take diamorphine twice a day under medical supervision. The Heroin Assisted Treatment facility was announced last September but organisers said they had only recently secured the necessary licences. Critics have said the scheme would perpetuate addiction. Danny Ahmed, of Foundations Medical Practice which will host the clinic, said: "This treatment and recovery pilot is aimed at those for whom all other current methods have failed. This removes the constant need to commit crime in order to fund street heroin addiction."