ELIMINATING METHADONE TREATMENT:
The Michigan Citizen (Dec 13) reports that a city-funded methadone maintenance program will be closed in another month, abandoning 400-500 patients. Responsibility for balancing budgets in these tough times is horrendous - for individuals and for governments. But a move that inevitably will lead many hundreds back into a life of heroin use - and all the health and social problems associated with it - will cost many lives and harm the entire community. There's has to be a better way.