By Laura K. Egendorf
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Heroin use has doubled in Massachusetts over the past 10 years. 5 Are Treatments for Heroin Addiction Effective? 2 percent of the population reported heroin use at least once in their lifetime. • According to NIDA, primary heroin treatment admissions ranged from 2 to 2 percent of all illicit drug admissions in Baltimore, Boston, and Newark. Methadone Is an Effective Treatment This graph shows the decline in heroin use among addicts who undergo different types of treatment: methadone treatment, clinic treatment, or a combination of both.
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Decriminalization Versus the War on Drugs Decriminalizing or legalizing heroin would send a message that America’s War on Drugs—at the very least, the war on heroin—has been a failure. S. government spends $20 billion each year to prevent the distribution of drugs. Many critics charge that the so-called war has not only failed to reduce drug use but has also increased crime and corruption. Norm Stamper, a former Seattle police chief, argues, “The United States has, through its war on drugs, fostered political instability, official corruption, and health and environmental disasters around the globe.