"The safest and most effective treatment for hard-core heroin addicts who fail to control their habit using methadone or other treatments may be their drug of choice, in prescription form, researchers are reporting after the first rigorous test of the approach performed in North America.
The Canadian researchers randomly assigned about half of the addicts to receive methadone and the other half to receive daily injections of diacetylmorphine, the active ingredient in heroin. After a year, 88 percent of those receiving the heroin compound were still in the study, and two-thirds of them had significantly curtailed their illicit activities, including the use of street drugs. In the methadone group, 54 percent were still in the study and 48 percent had curbed illicit activities."
Now for the next 'dah' research, can we compare heroin and methadone for pain alleviation for the terminally ill and those at the end of life?
Unfortunately, that little study won't occur in our life time, for purely sociopolitical reasons.
Ethically and medically, those reasons are indefensible.
Study backs heroin to treat addiction