Swiss voters approve prescription heroin

Swiss voters approve prescription heroinZURICH, Switzerland, Nov. 30  -- Final election results in Switzerland show voters rejecting a proposal to decriminalize marijuana, but passing a plan for prescription heroin.

The BBC said Sunday that the prescription plan will allow addicts to shoot up under medical supervision in a clinical setting and is aimed at getting hard-core users off the streets.

While critics said the idea sent the wrong message to young people, about 68-percent of Swiss voters seemed to agree with the argument that it would cut down on crime and keep addicts off the streets.

The BBC said that although police tend to ignore low-level pot smoking, the public was not willing to give the green light to use of a drug that recent studies publicized in Switzerland warned were more harmful that thought. (UPI)