Health Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has proposed to legalize the smoking of heroin as an alternative to intravenous administration of the drug, to reduce the number of deaths from drug overdoses.
The purpose of this proposal, which, according to Støre, supported by many in the government - the fight against heroin overdose, administered intravenously.
If the proposal is accepted and approved, from next year in Norway, smoking heroin will not be considered illegal.
"The number of cases of overdose is very high, it is a shame for Norway. It affects the mode of administration of drugs. I believe that we will reduce the number of deaths, if legalize smoking heroin, its intravenous administration causes much greater harm," - said Støre told reporters.
The Minister stressed that the measure is aimed not only at reducing the number of deaths. Rejecting the intravenous drug user is at risk is less than with hepatitis C and AIDS.
According to statistics, in Norway, there are more than 10,000 drug addicts who inject drugs intravenously, most of them - heroin.
In 2011, just under 300 people in Norway have died of drug overdoses, according to NRC. As the journalists offer Støre not so radical as the one with which appeared in 2010, a prominent politician and father of the current Prime Minister Thorvald Stoltenberg - he offered to doctors to prescribe heroin incurable addicts, as in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark , Spain and the UK.
Members of the Association for Drug support liberalization in this area, the proposed current Minister. "The proposal to legalize Støre smoking heroin is innovative and could be the salvation for many addicts. Although the Minister of Health is a risky proposition," - said the head of the association Arild Knutsen.
He hoped that such a measure was introduced in Norway, will bring positive results, for example, in the UK, where legalization reduced the number of drug addicts who use intravenous administration of 30%