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Heroin Maintenance in the U.S. 1 Can the Heroin Maintenance Program Work in the U.S.? A View of a Worldwide Epidemic and Attempts at Treatment Raymond T. Milek English Composition II, ENC-102 Professor Cid December 10, 2011
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Heroin Maintenance in the U.S. 2 Abstract Since its creation in the late 19 th century, heroin has been used and abused by many different types of individuals from every walk of life. Countless attempts and methods have been employed in trying to treat the crisis of heroin addiction. While heroin is illegal in almost every civilized nation on Earth, some countries have decided to try decriminalization and controlled medical distribution of the drug. They call this heroin maintenance. This essay reviews the heroin problem in the U.S. and around the world. The U.S. prison system and its overcrowding with drug-related offenders are also examined. The success and possible defects of the heroin maintenance program are discussed, while the idea of the U.S. implementing such a program is given an analysis. This is a paper asking the questions: ‘Why can’t the U.S. try an experimental method of treatment if the current methods have proved ineffective?’ and ‘Is prison the answer for the addict that is deemed to be beyond help, or any drug offender, for that matter?’ The facts are here for the reader to decide for themselves.
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Heroin Maintenance in the U.S. 3 Can the Heroin Maintenance Program Work in the U.S.? A View of a Worldwide Epidemic and Attempts at Treatment Heroin and other drug dependencies are major factors in health and crime problems in the United States. This was—and still partially remains—the case in many European nations, as well. There have been the decriminalization of drugs and the controversial use of heroin maintenance programs in European countries that have had both negative and positive effects on crime, addiction, and health. While the latter remains, the U.S. continues to have these problems on larger scales, despite of the fact, or because, they are not a participant in these controversial European methods. The success of the decriminalization and heroin programs is debatable; the United States, however, is not one of the countries even considering looking into the possibility of such action. There are benefits to be gained from the program, such as the reduced health risks brought on by needle exchange programs and doctor prescribed and administered use of heroin. Crime and the increased number of addicts seem to be the down-side to this experimental, controversial approach to drug abuse. If those are the only two problems stemming from these methods, then the United States need not worry about such degradation: it already exists in our country! What do we have to lose by trying? The U.S. Prison Population Problem
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