Monday, October 18, 2010

Oddity of the Day - Marchman Act Blog - A U.S. Charity offers UK drug addicts £200 to be sterilized

LONDON — A US charity is offering drug and alcohol addicts in the UK cash to be sterilised as part of a controversial scheme to prevent their addiction being passed on to future generations.

Project Prevention is giving 200 pounds to addicts in London, Glasgow, Bristol, Leicester and parts of Wales who agree to a vasectomy.

The first person to receive the payment is a 38-year-old opiates addict who has been involved in drugs since the age of 12, it emerged Monday, sparking criticism from some drugs charities.

The man, who wants to be known only as John, said: "I won't be able to support a kid. I can just about manage to support myself."

Speaking on BBC London's "Inside Out", to be aired tonight at 7.30pm, he said the cash incentive persuaded him to go ahead with the procedure.
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