Pubdate: Fri, 28 Jan 2005
Source: Bristol Herald Courier (VA)
Copyright: 2005 Bristol Herald Courier
Author: Mary Lynn Mathre
Bookmark: (Methadone)


This letter is in reply to the Jan. 20 article by Kathy Still, "State 
Senate approves Meth bill." How sad that a bill based on glaring 
misconceptions would "fly" through the Senate.

Southwest Virginia is being plagued by overdose deaths from the illicit use 
of prescription narcotics, and our state senators want to prevent the most 
effective treatment from reaching this population.

Methadone maintenance for opioid addiction has been proven to be an 
effective treatment and will help decrease crime and deaths in an area. By 
preventing a methadone clinic from being established, the problem will only 
get worse. You cannot ignore it and hope it will go away.

Mary Lynn Mathre, Executive Director ARS Pantops Methadone Clinic, 
Charlottesville, Va.
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