Published: 18 years ago
Re: Non-patentable alternative to methadone
Methadone and other opiate addicts are one of the most misunderstood groups of people! I don't know why complete ABSTINENCE is the goal that non-addicts see as the only way. There are many people that have had such horrible things happen to their bodies that there is NO way to fix the pain...the only way for them to live functional lives is to ease the pain. What is wrong with that??? God put the poppy plant on this earth for a reason! No one would think to tell a diabetic that their goal should be going off insulin. THe insulin fixes the problem and keeps the diabetic living a functional life; where as without it they can die...the same is true for methadone patients. There are many problems with heroin addiction...you can go to jail, you are always going to build a tolerance, the means of using needles can cause health problems, the expense and process of buying on the street leads to many risks/dangers for the user and many times leads to crime...the list goes on and on. Methadone on the other hand is legal, is long acting so tolerance does not build, is made by professionals, not the street so the risk for buying contaminated goods is not a danger, you don't have to worry about being killed by your pharmacist like you can risk in some bad neighborhoods. My thoughts are very scattered right now because my mind is racing trying to list all the stigma people attach to methadone. When methadone is given correctly, it saves lives!!! The truth is that the true success stories of methadone are not know because the people live functional lives. Do you get where I am going with this? So what if I have to take a few pills everyday so that I am able to work, not be in pain, not be depressed because I can not function etc. Why should abstenance be the goal?