Pubdate: Tue, 06 Jun 2000
Source: Bangor Daily News (ME)
Copyright: 2000, Bangor Daily News Inc.
Contact:  http://www.bangornews.com/
Author: Franklin E. Bragg, M.D.

WHY NOT METHADONE?

The United Statesí policy to criminalize the illness of drug addiction
is an abject failure. Are we as a country so stupid we have to relearn
the Prohibition lesson of the last century?

We learned with alcohol abuse that the medical model (treating alcohol
abuse as an illness) produces the best results by most measures. Isnít
it time to decriminalize other drug addictions? Methadone clinics are
a step in the right direction.

Franklin E. Bragg, M.D.
Bangor
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