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More importantly themselves, by not using drugs. E. Program Works to Help Kids Avoid Violence and Drug Use,” Colorado Springs Gazette, October 21, 1999. E. officer. 40 Facts and Illustrations How Can Heroin Use Be Prevented? • Girls are less likely than boys to use heroin. 5 percent of girls have done so. • The average retail price for one gram of heroin in 2003 in the United States was between $60 and $400. 4 metric tons of heroin. By comparison, Afghanistan produced 582 metric tons. S. cities where heroin is principally distributed are Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, St.

A third option is naltrexone or naloxone, which are used with the other drugs to help counteract the effects of heroin if the addict continues to use it. Reducing the Harm of Heroin Addiction Another way to treat heroin addiction is by acknowledging that some addicts might never be able to end their dependence and focusing on ensuring that they are able to protect themselves from heroin’s dangerous physical effects. This approach is known as harm reduction. Syringe exchange programs (SEPs) are an example of a harm reduction policy.

Legalizing heroin would permit the sale of heroin on the open market, most likely under the same restrictions that govern alcohol and tobacco sales, such as banning the sale of heroin to minors. Although the decriminalization and legalization of heroin do not mean the same thing, they both treat the use of heroin as a largely personal decision that should not be the concern of the government. Reducing the Legal Penalties of Heroin Use Advocates for changing the way that heroin is handled by law enforcement have several arguments for why people who use heroin should not be fined or incarcerated.

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