METHADONE ADOPTED IN CENTER, SHELBY CITY, EAST TEXAS (population 5,900):
Daily Sentinel (March 8, 2007) reports on new "methadone clinic in Center to help painkiller addiction." At a time of very widespread (and usually effective) efforts to prevent methadone treatment from being provided in local communities, this is a welcome exception. A physician from nearby Lousiana State University, Lisa Schrott, summed up the impact one can observe with effective methadone maintenance: "You would be surprised how fast it can make a difference. I've seen people come in haggard and worn out. But once they are stable (on methadone), which usually takes two to three weeks, they come back neatly dressed and smiling. They can go to work, take care of their families and claim their lives back."
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