Addiction warnings on heroin packaging ‘the nanny state gone mad’

HEROIN users are criticising laws that the drug must be sold in plain black packaging with health warnings as the ‘nanny state gone mad’. 

All opiate packaging must now be plain with 65 per cent covered by warnings that heroin is addictive, can kill and is damaging to the health of unborn babies, which users say is intrusive.

Tom Logan of Dundee said: “It’s meant to put you off, but it’s just annoying.

“Yeah yeah, it’s addictive, yeah, here’s some picture of some strug-out skaghead, I know all that, now can I just get my smack?

“Plus you can’t buy it by the hit anymore, you have to buy half-a-gram all at once which is just punishing the casual user. It’ll have the opposite effect.

“Why can’t they trust adults to make their own choices? Bloody political correctness. I blame the EU.”

But heroin addict Wayne Hayes said: “If they’d had this packaging 20 years ago you’d be looking at a very different person right now. I only got into it for the branding.”