Crisis and Complacency . . .
A 22 Feb news report from Scotland is headlined “Waiting list crisis for drug treatments” describes the desperation to obtain methadone treatment so great that some are committing crimes in order to be incarcerated and have easier access to methadone behind bars. The immediate cause of the desperation is attributed to fear of anthrax, which has claimed nine lives recently as a result of contaminated heroin.
"A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said NHS Scotland targets were in place to ensure that by March 2013, 90% of people who need treatment for their drug problem receive it within three weeks." Three years to be able to offer admission within three weeks? Difficult to comprehend!
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