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Emma B BS: A snip at 200? (sterilizing addicts) (66* d) RE: BS: A snip at 200? 18 Oct 10

It is probably accurate to conclude that there may be a genetic predisposition to addiction and risk-taking behaviours but drug addiction is probably far more environmental in nature

However, unlike genetic traits drug addiction, with the right intervention in addicts' lives is something which need not be a permanent state Many people kick their drug habit Addaction campaigns that people can make positive changes with the right support

To pay addicts to be sterilised must only reinforce feelings of worthlessness and low self-esteem and just demonstrate that as a society we have given up hope for those already on its fringes as well as providing an additional income for their suppliers

Of course we should be seeking to minimise the number of babies born to addicted mothers
As the founder of Project Prevention argues, an addicted baby goes through excruciating pain and requires considerable medical attention as they go through withdrawal

In the UK however, contraceptive advice is part of drug treatment work . Women who use drugs can access all types of contraception free on the NHS including a number of long term options.
Maybe an attempt to decriminalize users would result in greater trust and use of medical staff etc?

A British Medical Journal article by a research officer from the Family Planning Information Service states that 'counselling is particularly important in the case of voluntary sterilization'
Certainly it would be expected that the person made a truly informed decision and not as the result of what could be considered a financial incentive or even a 'bribe'

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