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Heroin addicts may be given free foil to ‘protect’ their health

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Heroin addicts in the UK could be given free aluminum foil to convince them to smoke rather than inject the semi-synthetic opioid drug.

Experts say that smoking heroin instead of injecting reduces a user’s risk of catching HIV and other infectious diseases. In this process a flame is held below the thin metal sheet, the drug is heated into smoke and a user “chases” the fume up with a tube.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is studying whether the law should be modified to let Britain’s thousands of problem drug users to receive al-foil as a way of protecting their health.

At the moment, section 9A of the Misuse of Drugs act prohibits the supply of “articles to be used for the preparation or consumption of illicit drugs”.

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