SOME heroin addicts should be prescribed the drug on the NHS to stop them committing crime, a senior police officer has said.  
Deputy Chief Constable Howard Roberts, of Nottinghamshire Police, speaking in Manchester, said it would cost £12,000 a year for an addict to be treated this way.  
But the treatment would be cost-effective in the long run because users steal at least £45,000 of property a year to feed their addiction.