Should Govt "Hand Out Methadone and Free Needles?
Readers respond to Melbourne (Australia) newspaper query: should govt "hand out methadone and free needles"? Nice to see the positive responses. It's interesting, though, to speculate on applying this question to the response to other chronic medical conditions - e.g., should govt provide insulin and sterile needles to diabetics? Should govt provide Lipitor to folks who can't/won't control their cholesterol levels? Etc. Anyway, the question posed by the paper is timely, and the responses encouraging; my hunch is that there would be an overwhelming negative attitude expressed by readers in the US. rgn
Copyright 2005 Nationwide News Pty LimitedHerald Sun (Melbourne, Australia)November 29, 2005 TuesdaySECTION: LETTERS; HEADLINE: Should the State Government continue to hand out methadone and freeneedles to drug users?
FIONNA GRATTON 33, Point Cook Yes. I don't think it is encouraging drug use. I see it as a sensible way of managing a health issue rather than a moral issue.
ALAN BOYLE 60, East Doncaster Yes, because I think it's the lesser of the two evils. Supplying users with acontrolled drug is better than them getting it illegally.
BRENT OTTLEY 45, Montrose Yes, definitely. It's a continuing problem and the only way to deal with itis to help them. They're not criminals and they shouldn't be treated as such.
CHRISTOPHER WHELAN 58, Echuca Yes. It's a way to try to get them off heroin and the harder drugs, and it'sa safe way for them to do it.
CHRISTOPHER MASON 40, Seddon As a part of a national management program, yes I do. It's a multifacetedproblem with no simple solution. It won't ever be solved, but it should bemanaged.