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Use of methadone for long-term heroin addiction treatment

I was quoted in The Sun newspaper today on the use of methadone to treat heroin addicts on the NHS, here is what I said:

HAVING people on methadone for years is a travesty. But if you get them off it you have to work out how to help them next.

It will actually cost more in the short term, but in the long term – when people go back to being productive and contributing to society – it will save money.

But half of rehab beds in the UK are empty because there isn’t enough funding.

Last year 600 people died from heroin but 300 people died from methadone.

The key point is… would anyone handing out methadone want the same for their children? The answer is “no”. What they’d want is to get them off it to live a proper life, which is what rehab does.

by Robin Lefever

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3227492/Annual-cost-of-methadone-equal-to-pay-of-11000-nurses.html#ixzz15OCphflF

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