Monday, February 04, 2008


The Irish Independent (Jan 27) quotes a medical officer at a local prison as claiming methadone “basically substitutes one addiction for another, legal for illegal.” Overlooked is the fact – confirmed by consistent outcome studies published in the worldwide literature for over 4 decades – that methadone allows many patients to resume healthy and productive lives, reduces spread of HIV-AIDS, lowers mortality, etc. Some 9,200 patients are said to be receiving methadone in Dublin alone - can anyone possibly suggest that these people would be better off – and community better served – if methadone were denied?


At 3:17 AM, Blogger Terry Wright said...

The usual logic of those who try to see the drug problem as black & white. How such people allowed to have a say over people's lives in beyond me.

At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am one of the many who has been on Methadone for a long period.I have no doubt that had that option not been available I would either be dead or costing the government, which means every adult tax payer, a fortune on a bed in a psychhiatric hospital as a long term patient.


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