Pubdate: Thu, 11 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 Author: Robert Sharpe, Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n511/a06.html CLINIC A GOOD THING Thank you for making the case of methadone in your Aug. 7 editorial. Methadone has been proven to reduce drug use and related crime, death and disease among chronic opioid addicts. Though methadone is known as a treatment for heroin, it's also a viable treatment for addiction to synthetic opiates like OxyContin. Methadone staves off debilitating withdrawal symptoms, but does not produce a high that prevents patients from living productive lives. The tough-on-drugs alternative to harm reduction programs like methadone maintenance is a very real threat to public safety. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits. The drug war doesn't fight crime, it fuels crime. Robert Sharpe Washington, D.C. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.