Spoons for Drug Addicts

#1
So, it has been reported up here in Grampian that the NHS has spent £800,000 on giving "equipment" to drug users in the Grampian region and Scotland wide, 22 million items, from needles to spoons, filters to swabs have been given out for "free".

This was a scheme thought up by the scottish Government to help reduce drug taking in Scotland. Those who work on the front line have repeated their call for this system to be scrapped and the millions spent on giving users equipment to be used on Abstinance programs instead.

Having worked briefly with drug abusers, I believe in the Kenny Everett solution involving a field, a bomb and a large bang!
 
#2
Well it is sad that any money has to be spent on rehabilitation of any kind when clearly abstinence would be better. Avoiding doing bad stuff in the first place is clearly better than doing it.

Maybe the thoughts are in this case that spending 800,000 might save on money further down the road, I am thinking if it helps prevent the spread of HIV and the like, that will surely save a bundle.

I don't like it but it just seems to be the level headed thing to do. It is not about condoning drug taking but what can we do to limit impact of it.
 
#4
Having worked briefly with drug abusers,
Which Scottish Battalion was that? ;) £800,000 equates to 44 annual HIV treatments (UK estimated ave is £18,000 per person for retrovirals)...I wonder how many infectons this has prevented and thus in terms of cost-benefit is quite succesfull?
 
#5
So, it has been reported up here in Grampian that the NHS has spent £800,000 on giving "equipment" to drug users in the Grampian region and Scotland wide, 22 million items, from needles to spoons, filters to swabs have been given out for "free".

This was a scheme thought up by the scottish Government to help reduce drug taking in Scotland. Those who work on the front line have repeated their call for this system to be scrapped and the millions spent on giving users equipment to be used on Abstinance programs instead.

Having worked briefly with drug abusers, I believe in the Kenny Everett solution involving a field, a bomb and a large bang!
Link?
 
#6
£800,000 is a lot cheaper than paying out to treat those with various blood borne viruses, who can cost over ten grand a person to treat with meds.

yes i agree that more needs to be spent on detox and rehabilitation, but harm prevention has a place in drug treatment stratagy for those who currently use drugs
 

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#10
#12
The heathens certainly have a serious and endemic drugs problem.
Since they brought in the minimum price for alcohol, heroin is now cheaper than Buckfast. Hence Argyll Street in Glasgow is now full of the Sons of Braveheart doing this to collect pennies for their next fix:-

[video=youtube;ZLlu0k-SY9k]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLlu0k-SY9k[/video]
 
#13
Ha 'The Loving Spoonful',still going strong I see (not the band).
 
#15
Well it is sad that any money has to be spent on rehabilitation of any kind when clearly abstinence would be better. Avoiding doing bad stuff in the first place is clearly better than doing it.
Now there's a stunning idea. Someone should make a law about it, just in case it's not blindingly obvious.

You ******* spangle
 
#16
I understand the issues of "preventative maintenance" on drug users by giving them clean needles etc. but the jist of the story was that rather than reducing drug usage, it was having the opposite effect and was therefore diverting cash away from Abstinance programs.
 
#17
I can see the logic in giving them clean needles, but what the **** is the spoons thing about?
 

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#18
Getting dealers to cut it with zinc phosphide is a no-no these days then ?
 

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