Methadone Clinic Considers Offering Cash to Addicts – Northeast Baltimore Program Says it Wants to Attract Users to Treatment and Reduce Crime


A Northeast Baltimore clinic that once pitched on-demand methadone for opioid-addicted people during the late-night hours is focusing on a new idea — paying them to come in for treatment.

The state has yet to approve the original on-demand, or “open access” idea, citing federal rules that require, for example, a lengthy examination of anyone getting methadone, a Schedule 2 narcotic. The incentive, $20 supplied by a private foundation or other group yet to be named, is a “Plan B,” one Rev. Milton Williams believes doesn’t need any special approvals because the program would be run as a traditional clinic, just at night with no appointments

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-09-13/health/bs-hs-turning-point-20110913_1_methadone-clinic-addicts-kathleen-rebbert-franklin

Source:
The Baltimore Sun – September 13, 2011

Comments

  1. trish says

    I wish the methadone clinics, would get the word out to Drs, and nurses, that people who have been on methadone, how it effects your brain, and how your brain etc remembers, …I was on methadone, 11-12 yrs. got off cold turkey in 01.
    My beef is, each time I’ve had an operation, they don’t give me enough meds to put me out of escruciataing pain! When I recover! I’ve tried to explain this to them, but they don’t get it, and NEED EDUCATED!
    Plus the nurse, on my last operation, Sept.30,2011…said she lost her son to methadone, well I tried to tell her, people are different, and I don’t think she needs to be in that line of nursing, in recovery if she can’t understand that FACT!
    In the pamplet it reads, patient, is to leave “comfortably”…I left in same pain as when waking up from surgery!.
    I get pain meds, I dont go in every month, to get them. I don’t abuse my pain meds. I try to tolerate my pain, much as possible.
    It really made me mad, my ex, had 6 way single bypass, he’s 6’7 285 lbs, they only gave him 5 mg percocet! I thought meds go by wt, age, etc. I finally got them to give him inbetween 2 mg morphine, but he is not the type to want narcotics, just by his looks, or stupid hosp rules, afraid someone will become addicted….this HAS TO STOP!
    If it were , them or their loved one’s in that amt of pain, I’m SURE they’d be treated to “comfort” levels.

    This stuff really irks me! Or the dying!~ THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GET ADDICTED IF DYING!~THEY ONLY GIVE 2MG MORPHINE, IN HOSPICE, ETC.

    They treat everyone as if they are just looking for narcotics! I’m thankful, I have a dr. that understands chronic pain! and no I dont go in every month to get refills. I can, but I don’t.

    Please find ways to get stuff like this across the nation to all Drs, and nurses….they NEED EDUCATED!

    Thank You.
    Trish

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