THE RATIONAL, AND THE IRRATIONAL:
First the rational, from Ontario, Canada (Peterborough Examiner, 21 June), the headline says it all:
"Methadone clinics like any clinic: city planner; Report rejects restrictions on where they can go." Bravo!
But on the same date from the other side of the world, a Melbourne, Australia, newspaper The Age headline notes, "Methadone too costly for addicts; call for government to help pay fees". In the meantime, as government mulls over what it should do, many patients are turning to the only sources available to pay for their potentially life-and-death treatment: "The cost of methadone programs is driving some recovering heroin addicts to turn to sex work and crime, skip meals, or abandon treatment and relapse into heroin use, a report has found." So much for the claim that opiate dependent people are not motivated to get help! But what a travesty, and how tragic for patients as well as the general community!