Methadone Clinics Don’t Solve Heroin Addiction Problem
The City Council in Brewer, Maine, was supposed to make a decision on opening more methadone clinics. There are already nine of them, three of them in Bangor, just a mile from Brewer. They’ve put the decision off until January, largely because they’re concerned with social issues. They say the residents don’t want more drug addicts around and they think it promotes crime.
What they don’t seem to be really confronting is the number of people in the area who are addicted to heroin or other opiates and are consequently looking for methadone. Nor do they seem to be aware that getting people off heroin is much easier than getting them off methadone. They acknowledge that people need help, but this is the wrong way to go about it. Get them off heroin, not onto methadone.
There are some addiction help facilities that won’t even accept someone on methadone because getting off it is so difficult and takes so long.
If they want to curb the drug problem, they should be putting their efforts, and their money, into getting people off heroin – not getting them onto an alternative drug that’s even more of a problem.
And, by the way, if you or someone you care about is taking methadone and wants to get off it, there are some facilities that will take you and are successful. Contact Addiction Help Services for more info.