METHADONE ISN"T THE DEVIL YOU SAY IT IS...
This Letter to the Editor Appeared in the Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)February 20, 2007, Tuesday
LETTER TO EDITOR Methadone isn't devil you say it is. I have read with great distress the articles this paper has written On methadone. I am a 51-year-old married woman who happens to be a heroin addict. I did the 12 steps; they didn't work for me. The bottom line is, I have been on methadone maintenance for some time now, and it has saved my life. I am on 175 grams a day, and if you saw me, you couldn't tell I am on a lifesaving medication.
Methadone has been the most successful treatment for heroin addicts. I have been clean from all illegal drugs for a long time, and if it weren't for methadone, I would be dead, in a nut house or in prison.
There is a group of women who want to ban methadone because their loved ones died from methadone and other drugs. Methadone doesn't kill people. It is people who take it with other drugs. I have been to over 20 funerals of friends who died of overdoses, and not one was a methadone death. The friends that I have who are on methadone for pain do not take more than 40 milligrams a day.
Methadone is my lifesaver. Please don't let a few zealots tell you it is the devil.