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Maptalk-Digest Sunday, December 23 2001 Volume 01 : Number 335

anti-Buprenorphine efforts
    From: "Dave Michon" <>
homepage focal points
    From: "RLRoot" <>
C-SPAN: Perspectives on Drugs and Terrorism [FWD]
    From: Richard Lake <>


Subj: anti-Buprenorphine efforts
From: "Dave Michon" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 10:38:39 -0600

For anyone interested in the efforts to get Buprenorphine released may find
this interesting. It is a petition against buprenorphine for addiction filed
by Hogan & Hartson, Wash. DC,  one of the largest and most prestigious law
firms in the country. The particular partner - David Fox - is a specialist
in medication-regulatory issues and spent 6 years at FDA himself. The
petition is filed under 21 CFR 10.30 on behalf "a leading provider of opiate
addiction treatment services" which we could normally take to mean an
"abstinence" provider based on the 12-Step model (as opposed to methadone
treatment) but language used in relation to methadone within the document
indicates a complete lack of similar animosity to methadone so I think our
"leading provider" secret petitioner is involved in the provision of
methadone treatment.
Methadone is my own specific area of interest within the larger issue of
drug reform. The profiteering that goes on in the preponderance of American
MMT (meth.maint. treatmnt) is disgusting. Buprenorphine will help people who
perhaps do not need methadone yet and perhaps divert some from more severe
opiate addiction. It will also tend to depress MMT prices and mainstream
opiate addiction treatment. If we have here a major MMT provider spending
big money to oppose buprenorphine it is an outrage. Remember though, that's
The petition also hauls out all the old anti-methadone 'booger men' such as
'diversion' and addicts using the stuff i.v. in order to get high. It even
points to OxyContin. It laments buprenorphine's erstwhile listing in
Schedule 5 noting it is made from Thebaine and that Thebaine is *number
two!* This is wholly irrelevant and is designed to scare. Indeed, it then
goes on to twist a number of unrelated facts into an argument that
buprenorphine is somehow as strong as morphine or heroin. No punches are
pulled and most are well below the belt.
Here it is:


Subj: homepage focal points
From: "RLRoot" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 13:28:23 -0800

Two names are missing from the front page list of focal points:  Judge
James Gray and Sheriff Bill Masters.  Such notable people should have a front page
link to articles concerning them.

Another suggestion would be to give a free link to wherever one can purchase a recent
published work, such as with Masters' new book.  Maybe he'd donate a few autographed



Subj: C-SPAN: Perspectives on Drugs and Terrorism [FWD]
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 16:06:01 -0500

This should be on C-SPAN around 2:01 am (EST) Sunday night/Monday morning 
for those who are interested.  You can check for latest 
scheduling info if you want to tape it.

- -Sanho


Perspectives on Drugs and Terrorism

Lindesmith Center-Drug Policy Foundation

Washington, District of Columbia

Nadelmann, Ethan, Director, Drug Policy Foundation (1998-)

Reuter, Peter, Professor, University of Maryland, Public Affairs (1994-)

Newberg, Paula, Special Adviser, United Nations Foundation (2001-)

McColl, William, Director, Lindesmith Center, Drug Policy (2001-)

Chernick, Marc, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University (2001-)

Drug and foreign policy experts talked about the war on drugs and war on 
terrorism. Among the issues they addressed were the similarity between the 
two efforts, developing effective policies to combat both drug trafficking 
and terrorism, and techniques to help build secure states. Following their 
remarks they answered questions from the audience.


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