Thursday, November 30, 2006

RESPONSE TO NIMBY REQUIRES CAUTION:

In a continuing battle to establish a methadone clinic in Princeton, West Virginia, one has to be concerned over the defensiveness of the sponsoring program's VP for Operations, who responded to criticism that methadone just substitutes one drug for another by saying, "There's a portion of the opiate population that will always be on some kind of drug. . . . The larger percentage of patients will not be." (Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Nov. 24) It would seem hard to support the claim that "the larger percentage of patients" will achieve and maintain abstinence after any kind of treatment - opiate agonist based or drug free. Statements like this tend to come back to haunt the proponents that make them.

3 Comments:

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous KRISTAN HILCHEY said...

I recently saw a quote from a Director of a clinic that is trying to locate within a town saying "our goal is to wean most of our clients off methadone and back to normal lives".

I realize that he was probably trying to calm the irrational voice of NIMBY within the community but saying these thing can only come back to haunt us.

 
At 8:22 PM, Anonymous KRISTAN HILCHEY said...

PS-

As far as I know I am ALREADY living a normal life-----on methadone!

 
At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he was thinking of his paitents lives by weaning them off of methadone. Good for this doctor that cares more about life than money.

 

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