The case of Franco Panariello, brother of the famous comedian George can be an opportunity to draw the attention of many on some basic rules for the treatment of drug addicts, especially heroin. According to the press reports , it seems that Franco Panariello had a heroin addiction, and had spent a long time in most communities, the more “famous”.

Last night would have been the victim of a heroin overdose and abandoned by companions of the night on a bench. The reactions were essentially a “Nobody expected it,” because he was a person who had “a history of addiction,” but that “it came out” thanks to the community in which it was, and for some time now.

This is especially true if we guarantee this protection by the fallout there. The chemical dependency treatment in Texas for heroin addiction are known (from the late ’60s), available in Italy (the ’80s) and capillarity the territory, even if the quality of treatment, the percentage of treatment performed according to the rules effectiveness described in the manuals, is approximately 20% (2 patients out of 10).


Since this is a recurrent disease, the maintenance of the results (non-relapse) depends on the continuation of the treatment, and by their application according to the rules of efficacy, which then trivially and mainly refer to the dosage of the anti-addiction. A relapse of a drug addict who is a few years after being in one or more communities, and that neither takes methadone, I still expect.

E ‘precisely the situation in which the I expect. In addition, these relapses create a risk that is greater than that of drug addicts while they are habitually doping, namely the lethal overdose. This is because when an addict is not addicted, a dose that was previously normal becomes lethal. Because the addict often wrong about these doses, which also knows? Because you probably will be adjusted not to a reasoning of toxicity (rationally) but the desire he has, and he does not control, and then knowing to run certain risks doses using “unsafe”.