IS METHADONE THE ANSWER?
OR DOES METHADONE STOP ADDICTS FROM TACKLING THE CAUSES OF DEPENDENCY
OR DOES METHADONE STOP ADDICTS FROM TACKLING THE CAUSES OF DEPENDENCY?
“Experts and users are divided about the merits of this 'maintenance' approach compared to the more robust alternative of rehab. Elizabeth Day listens to arguments from both sides,” stated The Observer on Sunday 16 November.
Addiction Today editor Deirdre Boyd was quoted in this article but wishes to clarify that contextual sentences were omitted. She supports the full spectrum of care – but underscores that referring only 2% of patients to abstinence-based services is so disproportionately small that it cannot constitute a comprehensive care pathway. She also advocates that it is inappropriate for patients seeking drug-free treatment to be referred elsewhere.
Finally, over a year, methadone and rehab costs are very similar – but the issue should be one of clinical effectiveness as well as cost effectiveness.
It is with great sadness that we read Peter McDermott's comments in the article. As a board member of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, he should be advocating the spectrum of care options for the benefit of people who desperately need them - and he should be using accurate facts, especially when quoted in national media.
Read the full Observer article by clicking here.