Pubdate: Sun, 07 Aug 2011 Source: Centre Daily Times (PA) Copyright: 2011 Nittany Printing and Publishing Co., Inc. Contact: http://www.centredaily.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/74 WELCOMING LOCAL METHADONE CLINIC There's good news for people who suffer with substance abuse and addiction and their families. A methadone therapy treatment center recently opened its doors in Ferguson Township and local residents who need treatment will no longer have to travel outside Centre County to deal with their addictions. Used in the treatment of opiates such as heroin, OxyContin, Vicodin or other opioid pain medications, methadone is the gold star treatment for substance addiction and allows patients to manage their addiction and enhance their social productivity. The opening of the county's first narcotics treatment clinic moves the local drug problem out of the shadows onto the pathway of improved health and recovery. The clinic will go a long way in countering the powerful negative effects of drug abuse and meeting the needs of the community. Traditionally met with resistance, methadone clinics' net worth are not that they create problems, but that they help to address a problem that already exists. In 2009, an estimated 21.8 million Americans 12 or older had used an illicit drug during the month prior to the survey interview, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. This estimate represents 8.7 percent of the population aged 12 or older. Illicit drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. NSDUH estimates that in Centre County, 6.56 percent of the population 12 and older have used illicit drugs in the past month based on surveys completed 2006, 2007 and 2008. Removing the barriers that keep people from getting substance abuse treatment is a step in the right direction. Once addiction is diagnosed it should be treated like any other disease -- with easily accessible care and professional treatment to advance the cure. The methadone treatment center at 3091 Enterprise Drive, Suite 150, in Cato Park, is an important step in meeting a social obligation to address the ills in the community. The success of the center will depend on the strong support of local residents. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.