Heroin Assisted Treatment Leads to a Reduction in Heroin Use

"We have shown that treatment with supervised injectable heroin leads to significantly lower use of street heroin than does supervised injectable methadone or optimised oral methadone. Furthermore, this difference was evident within the first 6 weeks of treatment.
"This randomised controlled trial of treatment with supervised injectable opiates builds on the findings of five randomised trials of supervised injectable heroin versus oral methadone."


Strang, John; Metrebian, Nicola; Lintzeris, Nicholas; Potts, Laura; Carnwath, Tom; Mayet, Soraya; Williams, Hugh; Zador, Deborah; Evers, Richard; Groshkova, Teodor; Charles, Vikki; Martin, Anthea; and Forzisi, Luciana, "Supervised injectable heroin or injectable methadone versus optimised oral methadone as treatment for chronic heroin addicts in England after persistent failure in orthodox treatment (RIOTT): a randomised trial," The Lancet (London, United Kingdom: May 29, 2010) Vol. 375, Issue 9729, p.