Berlin - The federal government does not want to change the narcotics regulations on the substitution of opiate addicts or the medical options for giving substitutes. This emerges from the response of the federal government to small question from the parliamentary group of the Greens ().
According to the results of the so-called IMPROVE study, the substituting doctors questioned had considerable concerns about the abuse and unauthorized disclosure of the Substitution drugs by their patients, writes the federal government; 49 percent of the doctors would have classified this as significant, another 17 percent as particularly serious problem. This makes it clear that the narcotics regulations relevant for substitution therapy must be complied with.
The Greens had criticized that since the diamorphine-based treatment of opiate addicts, which was included in standard care in 2009, no further facilities for this treatment have been added. In addition, the number of active substitution doctors is stagnating, while the number of substitution patients has increased.
The federal government, however, pointed out that all former locations of the model project for diamorphine-assisted substitution had been transferred to standard care. At the moment, total of 360 patients are in substitution treatment.
The government made it clear that the treatment plan should primarily focus on gradually producing abstinence from narcotics, "even if in practice there is only one permanent abstinence A small number of patients can be reached ”.
The Greens had previously cited the so-called PREMOS study, according to which 85 percent of the patients classified as abstinent were on substitution therapy again after six years and asked whether the goal of abstinence was achieved therefore should not be deleted.