State Officials Defend Take-Home Methadone Doses

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana officials and methadone clinic operators are defending the clinics' practice of giving drug addicts take-home doses of methadone.

Some state lawmakers say that take-home doses of the drug used to ease withdrawal pain for users of heroin, morphine, OxyContin and other opiates contribute to the number of Kentucky addicts who come to Indiana clinics.

Methadone clinic regulators and operators, however, told the Health Finance Commission that addicts from Kentucky and Ohio come to Indiana clinics to avoid two- to three-year waiting lists in their home states.

The Southern Indiana Treatment Center in Jeffersonville served nearly two thousand patients in 2005, with about two-thirds coming from Kentucky.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by anonymous Location: indpls,in on Feb 13, 2008 at 01:03 AM
    Unless u understand how methadone works,u want understand y a patient stays on it 4 so long. Treatment w/methadone is a continuing process n most cases.The addict is now a recovering addict. Methadone has saved my life and other people that I know. If a person takes their meds correctly there is nothing wrong w/giving them their takehomes.
  • by Anonymous Location: ky on Sep 21, 2007 at 10:48 AM
    A methadone clinic has changed my daughter's life. She is now in college and has goals of becoming a counselor someday. She has been going for one year and the difference it has made in our lives is so wonderful. As a mother, I am for the clinics 100 percent.
  • by Withheld Location: Ky on Sep 12, 2007 at 08:08 PM
    I don't understand Methadone clinics. I thought the purpose is to help ease symptoms of withdrawal? Does it take years to get off drugs? I know people who have been going to Methadone clinics for yrs! That's ridiculous!!


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