Compassionate Pain Relief: Is Heroin the Answer?
Brandt, Edward N.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1984 Aug 23; 311(8): 530-532.
Brandt, Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, argues against passage of the Compassionate Pain Relief Act (H.R. 5290) to permit the use of heroin for cancer patients. He contends that heroin offers no medical benefits over currently available drugs if the latter are used in adequate doses on a regular schedule. Brandt also argues that passage of the legislation would result in diversion of the legally available heroin to illegal use with an attendant increase in drug related crime. In addition, bypassing Food and Drug Administration approval for heroin would set a dangerous precedent for future drug regulation. (KIE abstract)
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