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.

“I’ve spoken to many over the years and asked them why they don’t