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

The Baltimore Sun – September 13, 2011