Is Methadone an effective form of treatment
What is Methadone?
For those who do not know, methadone is a synthetic opiate used in the substitution of heroin. Methadone is the government’s way of “treating” heroin addiction. However, I for one feel that this is causing more problems than it is solving, and many other people in the industry feel the same.
Prohibition and Hidden Truths
What few people are aware of when they are put on a methadone maintenance plan (and focus on the maintenance part) is that methadone is in fact more addictive and therefore harder to come off than heroin. Once a person is put on a methadone programme they will stay on it for a long time, usually years, whereas rehab for heroin can take as little as six weeks. So why is methadone the government’s drug of choice? Crime rates. Heroin is illegal, methadone is not. The government is able to fund a methadone programme which keeps the person addicted in a legal way, therefore they no longer need to access a drug dealer, and theoretically will not need to commit any crime to fund their habit because they are getting methadone for free.
Who is it helping?
But what about those that use methadone alongside heroin, or those that sell their methadone on the black market and use the proceeds to buy heroin? Or what about those who no longer want to be dependent on any substance? Is the government really helping them? Until the government accepts that residential rehab is the only effective way of getting someone clean, we will continue to see unnecessary crimes and even deaths that could have been prevented.
So, is methadone an effective form of treatment? Do you think Methadone addiction is a greater enemy than Methadone is a friend?
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