CAN THE NEW BRUNSWICK (CA) HEALTH MINISTER REALLY HAVE SAID THAT:
A letter to the Telegraph Journal, 23 Mar, attributes to N.B. Health Minister Mike Murphy the statement, "Methadone... can be a bottomless pit - people get on it and they don't get off."
The writer goes on to note, ”The whole point of methadone maintenance treatment is that it's possible to be on methadone and hold down a job, raise a family - in general, have a life. If someone eventually weans off methadone entirely, that's fine, but just being on methadone is a huge step forward both for that individual and for the community as a whole. … A person on methadone is a person who has crawled out of the "bottomless pit" of addiction … and has a chance at building a life for themselves. Too bad New Brunswick has a Health Minister who's so poorly informed on this issue.”