A new study has found prescribing heroin to be more cost-effective in treating addiction than methadone, according to cbc.ca.
Participants in the study were given the option of trying either methadone or diacetylmorphine (heroin) under medical supervision. Those who opted for diacetylmorphine stayed in treatment longer, which resulted in lower healthcare costs after the cost of the dugs, counselling and social supports were added up.
So how much money could be saved? The estimated societal cost for a person to receive methadone over their lifetime is $1.14 million, compared to $1.10 million for someone receiving diacetylmorphine injections.
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