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Nyet to Methadone

July 22, 2008
by Gary Enos
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The next time you feel slighted because your viewpoint about treatment doesn't get a full airing, think about what it must be like to promote promising treatments in some other parts of the world. A compelling article in today's New York Times reports that Russia is nowhere close to introducing methadone treatment for opiate addiction, even though injection drug use accounts for about two of every three new HIV cases in the country. What's more, the article states that "in Russia even talking about [methadone] can provoke legal sanction." Legislative authorities recently launched an inquiry into a research institute director who had helped organize a conference at which methadone was discussed. Russian health officials have said at conferences that they are unconvinced of methadone's effectiveness. But apparently they didn't want to elaborate on that for the Times. The newspaper reported that neither Russia's equivalent of the U.S. Surgeon General nor the country's leading narcotics specialist would agree to be interviewed.

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Just another drug to get people addicted, most , and I mean most use meth and also take other drugs to get the same effect as heroin, and the sad part is if they really try to stop , its very difficult, for meth gets into your bones, its the worse detox I know of, you can free pain in your bones up to 6 months, it should be out lawed
as of today doctors are starting to give meth to the elderly, for pain, a mistake, now the elderly will be addicted

Methadone still faces quite a stigma here in the U.S. too.

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Gary A. Enos has been the editor of Addiction Professional since its inception. He...