This past Friday, I had the opportunity to appear on CBC Radio One's 'The Current' with Anna Tremonti for an episode discussing the rise in Methadone prescribing in Ontario, and whether it has gone too far. The segment, entitled "Methadone treatment overused in Ontario, addiction experts warn", was guest hosted by journalist Connie Walker, and featured guests Dr. David Marsh of the Northern Ontario School Of Medicine, Dr. Benedikt Fischer of the Centre For Addiction And Mental Health, as well as myself.
Proven effective or not, Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) programs face considerable challenges and stigma all over the world. Many treatment providers actively oppose it, and countries like Russia and Uzbekistan go so far as to refuse many harm reduction initiatives and deny lifesaving Methadone treatment to opiate addicts desperately in need of help. The country of Kazakhstan is currently facing their own major dilemmas regarding the controversial Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT), with strong views and opinions being hurled from both sides, and the future of their only MMT program in danger.
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
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