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Lawmakers study methadone clinics   – News – The Charleston Gazette – West Virginia News and Sports

September 15, 2009

Lawmakers study methadone clinics

West Virginia has nine for-profit methadone clinics, and legislators are examining how they work.

By Alison Knezevich

Staff writer

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sophia Grant has used methadone for more than 10 years to treat an addiction to painkillers. Eddy Brown has used it for 18 months.

They don’t know how much longer they’ll need the medication, they told lawmakers Tuesday. But both say it saved their lives.

West Virginia has nine for-profit methadone clinics, and legislators are examining how they work. The Legislature put a moratorium on new clinics in 2007.

Earlier this year, some lawmakers caused a stir when they proposed taxing methadone, which is used to treat addiction to drugs like OxyContin and heroin. Tax revenues would have funded addiction prevention, treatment and recovery programs.

The proposal failed, and some lawmakers are still worried that methadone clinics create a “revolving door” situation, where patients swap their addiction to one drug with another. They’re also concerned about the growing number of deaths linked to methadone.

On Tuesday, Mark Parrino, president of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, told legislators that it’s true that some people must take methadone the rest of their lives. But every individual situation is different, he said.

The drug has been exhaustively researched, he said.

Many of the deaths linked to methadone stem from its use as a painkiller, Parrino said. But he cautioned that even when used for addiction, it can be lethal when combined with alcohol and other drugs.

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  1. September 21, 2009 at 12:17 am

    How true, how true!

  2. September 21, 2009 at 12:16 am

    I know…and the truth is I hate even posting the darn articles, because I can’t stand the hypocrisy and irrationality of them–not to mention the repetitiveness!

    But, as a methadone patient, I always feel like I have to know what the “enemy” is up to! I always believed if I was a good person and tried to live my life well that I would have nothing to fear….but it’s when my life started to get better and I became a better person (which began with methadone treatment) that I started to fear the most! When I was high I never thought of what I had to lose…now I have so much to lose!

  3. Lou
    September 20, 2009 at 12:26 am

    These stories make me want to scream. The same arguments over and over and over..nothing changes. People that are against methadone will never change their minds unless they, or a family member are personally affected.

  4. September 16, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    The loyal opposition always puts up a strong fight based on personal misinformation and heavy examples of methadone disasters. Attempts at reasoning with them seems to come to naught.

    I suggest that a lot of the basis for such comes from 12 step faith in what they wrote about methadone a long time ago. Contrary beliefs are very difficult to change.

    The disasters pique and pick at the great successes of so many who have been helped. It is their stories – there testimony, that I hope will bring the positive values of methadone addiction treatment into the public conscience.

    I do not have that voice because I have never been addicted to opiates and have never used methadone.

    George

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