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Methadone maintenance could help opiate addicts

The Feb. 17 front-page story about widespread heroin addiction might leave the casual reader thinking that residential programs are an opiate addict’s best or only treatment option, and the story certainly highlights the misery of waiting lists and the critical shortage of available inpatient beds.

But the story neglects to mention the success of another treatment option – opiate replacement therapy, namely methadone maintenance and Suboxone. Sure, they have waiting lists as well, but it should be noted that these types of opiate replacement treatment modalities afford opiate addicts the opportunity to freely live and improve upon their daily lives, and by extension their families as well.

Phil Schwab

Williamsville