Sunday, October 16, 2005

Sex Offenders To Be Put On Drugs

AUSTRALIA - - VICTORIA'S worst sex predators would have their libido chemically controlled in a ground-breaking therapy set to be trialled. A powerful drug that suppresses the sex drive is at the centre of the five-year study.

Sex fiends such as pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale and the notorious Mr Baldy are likely to be among the 40 subjects to participate. The $200,000 study, by a team of Victorian forensic psychiatrists, is backed by the Justice Department.

Principal researcher Dr Danny Sullivan, of Forensicare, said the trial would help protect society from dangerous pedophiles.

"Treatment which can be proven to help high-risk offenders not to offend is going to protect our children," he said. "We need to find the best medication which works and is acceptable to those taking it."

Already, a drug known as medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) is used to subdue the sex drives of high-risk offenders. But the alternative drug known as leuprorelin is thought to be more effective. Leuprorelin is also believed to have fewer side effects than MPA, which can bring on breast development, diabetes and obesity.

Leuprorelin, which costs $430 per injection, is commonly used to treat prostate cancer, but in the US and Germany it is used to control sex offenders.

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