Thursday, August 14, 2008

AN UNUSUAL AND THOUGHTFUL RESPONSE ABOUT A NEW METHADONE CLINIC

An unusual and thoughtful editorial supporting the locating of a methadone clinic in a town shopping center appeared in The Standard Speaker of Hazleton, PA . Editorials nearly universally take the position, "We understand the need for this type of clinic, but it doesn't belong here." This editorial shows a real understanding of how misguided the fear of crime increasing where a clinic opens is and suggests that crime may likely decrease if their town allows easy access to treatment. Read the editorial

2 Comments:

At 10:28 AM, OpenID armme said...

Thanks for posting this Doctor Newman. If only the towns in Maine would wake up and smell the coffee!

15years after the first clinic opened in Maine we are getting moritoriums all over the state--and one town with three clinics ALREADY is proposing a limit on how many patient's those clinics can treat.

Please comment if you have a chance!

Kristan Hilchey
ARM-MAINE

 
At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

I agree that this article is a very refreshing response to counter the general not-in-my-backyard response most people have about locating a drug treatment facility. I work with a Sacramento-area addiction treatment facility and understand that the right response is not to demonize or vilify people living with addiction but instead to reach out and provide them with programs that have produced measurable real-world results. Methadone clinics are just such a program, and they are there to help, not hurt, the community.

 

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