BBC News, March 7, 2017


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Heroin addicts are to be given the Class A drug in supervised "shooting galleries" as police bid to tackle drug-related crime.

Durham Police is to become the first force in the country to introduce a scheme in which users are treated with diamorphine - medical grade heroin.

Ron Hogg, County Durham's Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner, says such treatment lowers offending levels.

Opponents claim trials have not shown significant benefits. [...]

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