Drug addicts demand ‘more dignified life’

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A group of drug addicts marched through Oslo again this week and were invited inside the Parliament to make their demands for what they called “more humane” drug policies, including heroin-assisted rehabilitation.

Some said they couldn’t physically tolerate the drug treatment programs offered currently, through the use of Subutex or methadone. One man appealed for a morphine pill “a few times a day,” but said no Norwegian doctor would write such a presecription. “So I have to become a criminal and buy heroin on the streets,” he told newspaper Dagsavisen.

The drug addicts’ annual demonstration was the sixth in a row, and they were backed by family members and other supporters as they marched from the Central Station up Karl Johans Gate to the Parliament. Around 30 met inside with five Members of Parliament to discuss new policies, and they were also served lunch.

newsinenglish.no staff