METHADONE AND DRIVING: FURTHERING STIGMA, IGNORING THE EVIDENCE!
The Police Chief in Laconia, NH, is demanding a proposed methadone clinic hire an off-duty police officer whenever it is open - allegedly because of fear the methadone may render patients "unstable to drive safely" (the functions of the off-duty officer are not specified). Decades of studies and surveys around the world (most recently a 5.5 year study in Norway published this week in the Journal Addiction) document that methadone maintenance treatment is not associated with increased driving risks.
During these very difficult financial times a Police Chief should perhaps be applauded for seeking ingenious - even if disingenuous! - reasons for gaining overtime opportunities of fellow officers. In this instance, however, the Laconia Chief is displaying ignorance of or disregard for the facts and is doing the entire community a terrible disservice. Full story click here