For two years Mersey drug dependency units (DDUs) have been prescribing heroin to opiate injectors to encourage them to move away from injecting. Smokable cocaine and amphetamine are also prescribed. Smoking stimulates the ‘rush’ from injecting and may be suitable for injectors unwilling to settle for the milder effects of taking drugs orally. Pilot research and clinical experience suggest prescribing smokables may be a viable alternative treatment for some patients.
Additional keywords: smokable heroin / smokable cocaine / smokable amphetamines