DEATHS among drug users have hit a record high in Scotland, increasing by a fifth in 2011, the latest government figures reveal.
Last year 584 people died from drug use, which means that drugs now account for one in every 100 deaths in Scotland.
The heroin substitute, methadone, was at the heart of the increase, with almost half of the drugs-related deaths involving the prescription drug.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Methadone
Just like ex-junkie Russell Brand, I used to believe that “maintenance” was as bad—if not worse—than active addiction. Here’s how I came to understand how fatally wrong I was.
I have no quarrel with any addict receiving methadone maintenance, IF they’ve been provided with accurate information and quality drug-free treatment.
I wish that, rather than describing methadone as, “the most effective treatment for opioid addiction,” they would be more specific about what they mean by effective:
…study after study shows that when methadone prescribing increases, addict deaths drop. It is superior to abstinence-only treatment in terms of fighting HIV and overdoses, and many studies find it superior in cutting crime.
Those things are important, but methadone is not the only way to achieve those goals and they’re not the only things that are important.
Of course, as we’ve pointed out many times, there is one group of opiate addicts that are not treated with opiate maintenance. Doctors are not treated with opiate maintenance and they have terrific outcomes.
Are we really denying addicted doctors “the most effective treatment for opioid addiction”?
Of course not. We’ve decided that, for them, we’re going to aim a little higher than reducing overdose risk, crime and HIV.
- Methadone’s cognitive effects (addictionandrecoverynews.wordpress.com)
- Methadone to blame for one-third of US prescription painkiller deaths, CDC says – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- Prolonged Methadone Treatment Can Affect The Nerve Cells, Behaviour (medicalnewstoday.com)