DIFFERENT CONTINENTS, DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ON METHADONE TREATMENT
From Canberra (Australia): “Push for more methadone outlets”
Canberra Times, 20 Dec, 2009:
Michael Tedeschi, a senior specialist with the Australian Capital Territory's drug and alcohol program is quoted as follows: "We want patients to stay on programs, we want patients to have normal lives, have babies, get married, get a job."
Michael Moore, chief executive of the Public Health Association of Australia and a former ACT health minister, said that people who change to methadone … do so to try and change their lifestyle.… "The more normal [receiving methadone treatment] can become, the more likely they are to progress beyond heroin.''
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And from Scranton, Pennsylvania: “Rep. Smith pushes moratorium on new methadone clinics” The Times-Union, 19 Dec, 2009
“Rep. Ken Smith is calling for an immediate moratorium on new methadone clinics opening in the state. … Mr. Smith also is proposing bills that would prohibit methadone clinics from locating with 500 feet of a school or establishment geared toward children; requiring an individual seeking treatment to undergo random drug testing at least once a week; and requiring methadone patients to be transported to and from a clinic by a driver with a valid Pennsylvania license.”
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