Prisoners to be given heroin while behind bars
8 February 2005, BILBAO-Some prisoners in Spain's northern Basque region will be prescribed heroin under a new medically supervised programme for drug addicts.
8 February 2005
BILBAO-Some prisoners in Spain's northern Basque region will be prescribed heroin under a new medically supervised programme for drug addicts.
The Spanish daily El Pais reported a pilot programme will involve 60 of the 740 prisoners in Nanclares jail who have at least twice failed to quit heroin, said the region's social affairs minister Javier Madrazo.
The goal is to reduce the health problems caused by the consumption of bad heroin that got into the jail despite the controls by prison authorities and also to help long-time drug addicts lead a normal life.
The programme should also cut down on drug trafficking as well as drug use in the prisons.
"There is heroin of bad quality being consumed," which seriously affects the health of the addicted prisoners, Madrazo said.
The 60 chosen prisoners will receive two doses of heroin during the day and one dose of methadone in the evening.
The shots will be administered by the non-governmental organization, LurGizen, which specializes in the treatment of
addicts at Nanclares.
In Europe, there is only one other similar program at a centre in Switzerland, Basque officials said.
In Spain, 29,000 out of 52,000 inmates currently participate in treatments to stay drug free or to reduce their dependence on narcotics, El Pais reported, citing a spokesman for the prison system.
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Subject: Spanish news