In England, drug users may soon be offered free aluminum foil they can use when taking drugs. The foil is used by addicts as a cooking surface to heat up certain drugs so they can be injected. Drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and crystal meth can be smoked from it. Giving substance abusers foil will encourage them to get help for their addiction.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended that new laws be introduced to allow drug treatment centers to offer foil to addicts. The goal is that drug abusers will seek and continue treatment at a center after they receive the foil.
Home Secretary Theresa May announced in a written statement that she had accepted the ACMD’s advice, “subject to the strict condition that it is part of structured efforts to get people into treatment and off drugs.” She added that providing foil would also address the “significant health risks” associated with injecting drugs, such as the transmittal of unsafe bloodborne viruses.
If recent history is any indication of success, the new laws should prove to be a winning solution in helping drug addicts recover. According to available findings, the ACMD said that providing drug paraphernalia such as foil at treatment centers, “does increase the number of individuals who engage with the services.”
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