Methadone: A Flicker Of Light In The Dark

Methadone: A Flicker Of Light In The Dark

To provide a better understanding of the very important role methadone plays in the treatment of addiction.
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PostSubject: MMT IN JAILS AND PRISONS...   Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:22 am

Having experienced, first hand, an inhumane methadone detox...I feel that this would be an asset in the jails and prisons...would cut down on the crime inside including the drug trade, fighting, etc.

Methadone in Jails and Prisons

Posted: 31 May 2012 07:13 AM PDT

I’ve never been to jail, and I don’t plan on going there any time soon. I realize that I’m one of the lucky few hard drug abusers who have never served time. Something like seventy to eighty percent of prisoners have drugs or alcohol in their systems when they are incarcerated. A huge percentage of people addicted to heroin do stints in jail or prison.

Amazingly, with very few exceptions, methadone maintenance treatment simply does not exist in jails or prisons around the country. A notable exception is Riker’s Island, the main New York City jail. They have been offering methadone to prisoners for decades. Nearly everywhere else, a stable methadone patient who enters jail is thrust in to cold turkey withdrawal.

The harsh justification for this is that prisons shouldn’t allow any psychoactive drugs behind bars. One prison commissioner noted that, because it was the prisoner’s own choice to take drugs, he’s stuck with the consequences. By and large, there’s no real opposition to these policies. Sure, you’ve always got bleeding heart liberals like the A.C.L.U. that will fight for prisoners’ rights, but the population at large doesn’t care.

They can get away with it, too, due to the conventional wisdom that “no one ever dies from opiate withdrawal”. Although this is in most cases true, there have been notable exceptions. Despite being difficult to die from withdrawal alone, the process is so painful that it is inhumane to allow a prisoner to go through it untreated.

Great Britain, which is (slightly) more progressive than the U.S. in their stance on drugs, medicates their prisoners with methadone. Not only is it humane policy, it saves money as well. Multiple studies show that a patient on methadone costs much less to the state than an untreated heroin addict. The money the state saves in reduced crime and health costs, as well as further incarceration, is far more than the cost of treatment. Offering methadone in jail offers a drug-addicted prisoner the chance to drop heroin and turn his life around.

As the Riker’s Island experience shows, there’s nothing that prevents a prison or jail from offering methadone to their prisoners. It is simply callousness, and another example of society’s attitude that the problems of those addicted to drugs don’t matter.
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PostSubject: Re: MMT IN JAILS AND PRISONS...   Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:35 pm

Wonderfully said.
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PostSubject: Re: MMT IN JAILS AND PRISONS...   Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:49 pm

I really liked the post from Mrs. Penguin. Contrary to popular belief, our nation's prisons (state not federal) are too inhumane as it is. For instance, Texas prisons don't have air conditioning. At first that doesn't sound like a big deal, but Texas summer temperatures reaches near or over 100 degrees for several months; this is grueling for elderly inmates, but it's accepted as totally okay.

The idea of giving inmates narcotics would be unheard of. But why not? If addition is a disease--like the AMA says it is--and opiate addiction a more specific manifestation of the disease of addiction, then why not treat it with the "medication" that we've had the most success with?
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PostSubject: Re: MMT IN JAILS AND PRISONS...   Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:08 pm

Ukraine has adopted the Order "On approval of the interaction of health, police, detention centers and correctional centers to ensure continuity of treatment with replacement therapy"
Free of charge. Legal Aid will appoint a lawyer for 1h
In all regions of Ukraine, as well as in the cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol, have established centers to provide free secondary legal aid. From 1 January 2013, such centers will provide free legal assistance to people in the criminal proceedings.

The centers provide free legal assistance:
- Persons that has been assigned administrative detention and administrative detention
- Suspected of committing a crime to persons who are detained and investigators,
- Persons to whom as a preventive measure chosen detention
- Persons in cases which, in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code is mandatory presence of defense counsel.

In addition, from January 1, 2013 will come into effect the provisions of Resolution Cabinet of Ministers № 1363, which obliges the police and other bodies authorized to adminzaderzhanie, detention, in accordance with the requests of law enforcement or detention agencies of inquiry and pretrial investigation, reported immediately to the centers for free secondary legal aid on the detention of persons.

Within 1 hour from registration reports arrest of the support center will be required to appoint a lawyer and to give power of attorney to accept his authority. The lawyer will be required to arrive within 1 hour of receiving the order, and in exceptional cases - not later than 6 hours after receiving orders to the person detained.

The first 27 centers have already passed the state registration procedure and listed in the Unified State Register of legal entities and natural persons-entrepreneurs. From the center address can be found on the Ministry of Justice. The network will be expanded through the creation of inter-regional, inter-urban and urban centers to provide free secondary legal aid.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Justice.

See also: free legal aid centers will work with attorneys on civil contracts.
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