A radical solution

WHEN a Californian attempted to introduce a program for sterilising addicts and alcoholics to Britain in October last year, the aim was to prevent them from adding to the surplus of unwanted and uncared-for babies, not to sanitise the gene pool. But the eugenics issue – and talk of Nazism – quickly came to the fore.

Barbara Harris, who founded Project Prevention in 1997 as a charity and brought it to Britain by way of Los Angeles, insists her work is an appropriate response to the reality of addicts’ lives.