Pubdate: Thu, 28 Apr 2005
Source: Mirror (CN QU)
Copyright: 2005 Communications Gratte-Ciel Ltee
Author: Tyson Campbell
Bookmark: (Heroin)


I don't think you guys should print letters written by directors of 
institutes named after themselves anymore. Claire Waismann, director of the 
Waismann Institute in Beverly Hills completely misses the mark about the 
NAOMI project ["Free Heroin no healer," Letters, April 14].

Maybe if she had actually spent the time to learn anything about this free 
heroin project, she would have realized that one of its main goals is to 
try to help treatment resistant addicts to get off of drugs or at least to 
try and help them lead functional lives. Or maybe private drug treatment 
programs have become so lucrative that she feels the need to try to slander 
an idea that might put hers out of business.

The most dangerous thing about medically administered opiates is that they 
are addictive. So what is the harm in trying this project on some hardcore 
addicts? It seems to me that some people are scared that it may actually 
work, thus depriving them of street people they can spit on when they go 

Tyson Campbell 
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