Swiss Legalize Heroin Injections
But reject marijuana decriminalization
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2008 11:00 AM CST
Swiss voters have approved a nationwide safe-injection site program for heroin addicts.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a safe-injection program for heroin addicts today, BBC reports. The referendum, backed by 68% of voters, makes permanent a 14-year-old Swiss program that allows doctors to shoot up heroin users while attending to their medical and mental health needs. Switzerland will be the first nation to make such a program official policy.

Voters also rejected a plan to legalize marijuana, with only 37% supporting looser pot laws. Opponents of decriminalization feared it would lead to tensions with neighboring countries and attract too many dope-smoking tourists, the AP reports. “I think it's very important to help these people, but not to facilitate the using of drugs,” said a voter who supports safe-injection sites but opposes legalized weed.