This article was published in The Sunday Post on February 28th, 2021. It mentions our film The Final Fix, directed by Norman Stone. The film concerns an alternative addiction treatment known as NED.
Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor has urged the Scottish Government to investigate a drug-free treatment to break the cycle of addiction.
The actor, who portrayed heroin addict Mark Renton in the landmark 1996 film, has narrated a documentary which charts the successful trials of Neuro Electric Therapy (NET) in the US.
Two weeks ago, The Sunday Post revealed plans for the first clinic to offer the treatment in Scotland are under way with a 34-bed private residential unit expected to open by the end of summer.
NET uses tiny pulses of electrical currents to stimulate brain chemicals which supporters say can ease addicts through a comfortable, pain-free withdrawal from heroin.
However, Scotland’s drugs minister Angela Constance, who has been tasked with reducing the country’s drug-death toll, the worst in Europe, has dismissed the treatment citing research suggesting the therapy was “no more effective than a placebo”.