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Methadone examined

September 28, 2013

At Friday morning’s second heroin task force meeting, a group of medical experts discussed ways the medical community could address the burgeoning local heroin crisis....

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Millwe

Feb-13-14 2:21 PM

So, then, Doc Woody, what would your professional suggestion be???? It would seem to me if my, or anybody's loved one, can stay on Methadone "for years" it buys time, at least. Sure better than burying someone you love. How many people on your Broward Commission were actually "familiar personally" with this dreaded affliction? Study that!

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andy33

Sep-28-13 9:36 AM

You CAN'T cut off the supply...in the real world. The only REAL answer is to remove the desire for a "drug vacation"...that, unfortunately, can result in death! Why is everyone looking at this from the back end?

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DocWoody

Sep-28-13 9:36 AM

I have been a Mental Health/Substance Abuse Professional for 35 years and I have rarely seen any successes from Methadone clinics. Methadone is just as addicting and basically addicts just 'switch' addictions to Methadone and end up on it for years. Dr. Khan is correct that it is only an small fraction of help and the clients addiction needs to be addressed with counseling, NA, his family needs to be involved, living situation assessed, etc. Most addicts come for the free Methadone and typically have a fleeting desire to quit which brings them there but once they start with the Methadone they typically throw their new found 'recovery' out the window. ****** use has increased because of the decrease in availability of *********so they switch to ****** which is a similar feeling alternative. I worked with the Broward Commission on Substance Abuse for 14 years and all agreed Methadone clinics were a poor choice for a growing ****** addicted/*********person.

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