The NY Times has a story on a jail terminating methadone maintenance for inmates. There have been a lot of stories like this over the years. Nothing new.
What grated me about the article was this line:
Recovery advocates and community members argue that cutting people off from methadone is too dangerous, akin to taking insulin from a diabetic.
I don’t expect newspapers to pick up and convey the nuances of the diversity of thought within the recovering community. They do the same thing with all sorts of other movements. I’m sure I’ve heard sentences like, “civil rights activists argue…”, a million times.
Now, because someone identifying themselves as a recovery advocate criticized the policy, the casual reader will have the impression that the rest of us identified with the recovery movement share this position. Grrr.