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Aug 5

Posted by on August 6, 2015

Today the class visited the Heroin clinic operated by the GGD. Learning how Amsterdam treats heroin addiction was very fascinating. Unlike the U.S. that criminalizes the addiction, the GGD treats it as a medical problem. The clinic provides both methadone and heroin treatment for addicts and assists them in leading a normal productive life in society. Patients receive assistance and counseling finding jobs and housing. Law enforcement also works closely with the GGD to admit heroin addicts into treatment. The presentation also highlighted a key difference where doctors in Amsterdam rarely prescribe medicinal opiates such as oxycodone, and if so only for very short periods of time while under hospital care.

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