COMMUNITY OPPOSITION TO METHADONE
It never ends: within 48 hrs opposition against methadone treatment facilities in four widely disparate communities:
BALTIMORE Sun, 30 Aug: "Action halts again on drug center bill
Treatment advocates fear City Council is blocking effort to ease clinic openings";
FORT PAYNE, Alabama, Times-Journal, 31 Aug: "Clinic remains opposed locally";
BLUEFIELD, West Virginia, Bluefield Daily Telegraph,01 Sept: "Right to know: Rule change needed to better inform pub [about proposed methadone clinics]; and
CHERRYFIELD, Maine,(http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=40993),1 Sept"
"Cherryfield Residents Voice Objections To Proposed Methadone Clinic"
So the question is: what, after 40 years of consistently demonstrated effectiveness of methadone maintenance for individual patients and communities, what can be done about this? How can the federal government, that has repeatedly and unambiguously endorsed methadone's effectiveness for decades, turn around public opinion in order to advance its mission of making treatment a reality for a much larger proportion of those who could be benefited? What can the provider organizations (especially the American Association of Treatment of Opioid Dependence - AATOD) do?
Comments/suggestions most welcome!