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Stop Methadone Funds

I went over these two “Letter’s To The Editor”  in the Bangor Daily Newspaper yesterday in my group. My counselor brought them in and didn’t have a link to them. I’ll look around and see if I can find one. You won’t believe what these 2 women have wrote!!!!

Stop Methadone Funds

If a drug is your problem, how can a drug be your solution?

For two years I have worked with women with drug and alcohol problems in the Penobscot County Jail. I hear story after story about the methadone clinic. These women wish they had never started methadone and feel like it’s almost impossible to get out of the methadone system.

The story I heard last night put me over the edge. A woman from Pennsylvania moved to Maine. She was told how easy it is to live off the state funding in Maine and get methadone at the clinic.  After two years of constant methadone use and manipulation of this broken system, she now sits in ail, again funded by the taxpayer.

M mom has a state-funded job working with adults with mental disabilities – people who truly cannot help themselves. Whenever there are state budget cuts, my mom knows she might lose her job.

I understand that Maine needs to balance the budget but please before we cut more state-funded programs and education, we need to revisit the methadone issue. The taxpayer needs the truth. How much of our tax dollars are used to fund the methadone programs? How many stay clean and sober? What are the success rate? I would be willing to guess the success rate of an educated child in a properly funded school is higher. I feel this is an injustice to the addict and to the future of our state.

Carrie Smith Bangor

Program Fails Maine

Carrie Smith’s recent letter, “Stop methadone funds” (BDN, Nov. 28), inspired me to write. I think the methadone program is the worst program that the state of Maine funds.

I wonder how many people are aware that participants are allowed to test positive for pot and still receive their methadone. Instead of lowering their dose they increase it when the addict requests it. There is no cutoff point, it is left up to the addict.

Why are we paying for this? They all seemed to find the money to buy drugs before they went on methadone. The addicts should be made to work and pay for their drugs or do community service. If this is a legitimate program there should be a time frame like all other drug programs.

Sarah Brown Veazie

 

Can you believe these 2 women. Every time I read this I get so freaking mad I could just explode!!!

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  1. December 11, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Please make sure to write in Billie and give YOUR side of the story. I will!

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