Legislating for Health and Human Rights: Model Law on Drug Use and HIV/AIDS – Module 8: Heroin prescription programs

This model law resource is designed to inform and assist policy-makers and advocates as they approach the task of reforming or making laws to meet the legal challenges posed by the HIV epidemic among people who use drugs.

Module 8 contains a prefatory note which discusses the rationale for providing heroin prescription programs as a form of medical care for the purpose of improving the physical and psychological health and social well-being of people who are dependent on opioids. The prefatory note describes the relevant international laws and policies, including human rights obligations. This is followed by a section on model statutory provisions designed to enable heroin prescription programs. Module 8 concludes with a list of recommended resources.