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Canada just approved giving heroin to addicts who can't kick the habit using other methods

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The Canadian government on Tuesday approved a new regulation that will allow Canadian doctors to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin to addicts who haven't responded to more conventional treatments, the Washington Post reported.

Patients will be required to visit a clinic two to three times a day for injections, so that doctors can monitor the patient's addiction and keep tabs on their health.

It also means addicts are less likely to break the law to obtain heroin on the street, reducing costs to the criminal justice system.

Some Twitter users think the program is viable, given the failures of traditional policy. 

Trudeau's new policies

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new liberal government has worked to reverse many of the decisions made under Canada's previous conservative government.

Many critics of tough drug laws, including medical professionals and law enforcement officials, believe drug addiction should be treated as a medical issue, and less as a criminal offense.

Trudeau's government also plans to legalize the sale of marijuana as early as next year.

Others have jokingly noted the disparity between Canadian and American drug laws. 

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