This book takes the reader step by step through the history of British heroin maintenance--trying to separate myth from reality. The book does not fully answer whether this British clinic system of dispensing heroin to proven addicts has led to decreased levels of addiction, but does forcefully demonstrate that heroin maintenance in Britain has not led to a heroin epidemic. The reviewer concludes that the book is an excellent reportorial analysis of the British heroin system as well as the British reaction to American drug policy.



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