Town’s heroin addicts treatment plan to get under way at annual cost of £250,000

A pilot scheme to give a town’s 15 worst addicts two daily doses of medical grade heroin is to start next week at a cost of about £250,000 a year.

The treatment plan in Middlesbrough, the first of its kind in the country, is aimed at preventing drug deaths, cutting crime and saving hundreds of thousands of pounds in the public services that are currently taken up by people living chaotically.

The town has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the country, and people in Middlesbrough are more likely to die from…
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