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Committee to assess heroin plan

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Jim Kiddie believes heroin prescriptions could help

A proposal to give Aberdeen's heroin addicts their fix on prescription has been referred to a council committee.

The proposal is from SNP councillor Jim Kiddie who said radical action was needed to tackle the problem.

Mr Kiddie lodged the motion before Wednesday's full council meeting, and it was referred to the social care and wellbeing committee.

Mr Kiddie believes addictions could be carefully managed until users are ready to stop, rather than taking methadone.

However, some councillors have raised concerns.

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