Should drug addicts be paid to use birth control?
The charity, Project Prevention, had controversially offered to pay addicts £200 to be sterilised. But it has now said no women took up that offer because the British Medical Association did not back the proposal. Instead, the charity said, it is focusing on paying addicts to use birth control.
Although the move was criticised by several British drug charities, the scheme has found some support. Welsh drugs charity Kaleidoscope said it wanted to launch a similar scheme where addicts rather than being paid in cash to use contraception would be offered £50 supermarket vouchers to attend a family clinic and agree to a "planned approach".
Can this method succeed in the UK? Is the move to focus on contraception rather than sterilisation a good one? Could vulnerable addicts be exploited?
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