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CAHMA has been involved in numerous campaigns and projects over the years, and many of these have proved hugely successful.

Current campaigns which CAHMA is involved in include :

The Alexander Maconchie Center Needle & Syringe Program

The Peer Distributed Naloxone Program

The Foot Patroll Needle & Syringe Program


One initiative, which CAHMA has backed since its inception, is the campaign for a heroin trial in Canberra. This project is run down by some as being merely a pipe dream, but over the years it has gained considerable support and CAHMA believes that it is now a real possibility. Heroin trials have been successfully run in many countries around the world and have shown that this humane, pragmatic approach is indeed a sensible, cost-effective approach to dealing with our "drug problem". But have a read of the following article and see what you think...


A Heroin Trial for Canberra? A heroin trial is an initiative where long-term users of opiate drugs are provided pharmaceutical grade diacetylmorphine (heroin) by health authorities to scientifically evaluate whether it is an effective way of improving their health and keeping them from having to obtain heroin illicitly. Since the abandonment of the ACT initiative, heroin trials have taken place in a number of countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. They have shown clear health and social benefits. Switzerland has over 10 years’ experience in the prescription of heroin and in a November 2008 referendum 68% of voters were in favour of its continuation. The prescription of heroin is now recognised in some European countries as the optimal treatment for patients for whom other treatments have failed. Methadone maintenance does not work for all and the provision of diacetylmorphine (heroin) keeps these users away from street drugs and in contact with health and other services. A major randomized control trial was conducted in Canada in 2008.The North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) trial aimed at testing whether heroin assisted treatment offers benefits over and above optimised methadone therapy in the treatment of individuals with chronic addiction who continue to use despite having tried conventional treatments in the past. 251 participants were followed up for 2 years. Entitled "Reaching The Hardest To Reach-Treating the Hardest to Treat"

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