Drug addicts get $300 to get on long-term birth control

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TUCSON - A national group's offering drug addicts or alcoholics in Tucson $300 if they agree to long-term birth control.

Members of Project Prevention hope their efforts will slow or stop the wave of babies who are born addicted, unwanted or with health problems associated with their mother's or father's substance abuse.

The group set up shop at a Tucson transit center today, promising to pay anyone addicted to drugs or alcohol for signing on to contraception. Women must agree to take a long-term contraceptive shot, get a Intrauterine device implanted or have a tubal ligation. Men must agree to undergo a vasectomy.

The program was started by Harrisburg, N.C. resident Barbara Harris in 1997. It has paid more than 2,800 people so far.