A New Low in Attacks on Patients Receiving Methadone
The Sunday Mail (Queensland, Australia) on Sept., 25, 2005, had a piece headlined, "Addicts and kids a lethal mix." A patient receiving methadone allegedly gave methadone to her 6 year-old daughter, who died. The article limits the possible explanations for this tragedy as follows: either the methadone "was recklessly administered" or was given through "gross stupidity." In sum, it concludes the little girl "was undeniably dealt a dud hand when she wound up with an addict and methadone mush-head for a mother."
How shamefully irresponsible and unethical for a news reporter to draw such a conclusion - let alone articulate it in a way that damns in the most demeaning and hostile manner all those whose physicians prescribe methadone in the treatment of the chronic medical condition of opiate addiction. Ignorance and intolerance may explain why this story was written and published - but they are inexcusable, especially among members of the press.