Blog – News Outlets Behaving Badly: Appalling Article by Bloomberg

“I don’t know if any of my readers caught that awful article on, criticizing methadone clinics and their patients. I’m not going to post a link to it because it doesn’t deserve a link. But I did write to the editor, the writer of the story, and a comment to their post:

I read this disjointed and error-ridden article with sadness. I wish you could spend a day with me, talking to the patients I treat with methadone for their opioid addiction. You’d hear how, for many patients, methadone has been a life-saver. Most of my patients are ordinary people who became addicted before they knew what was happening. A very small number are criminals, and those few get media attention, propagating the myth that all methadone patients are irresponsible criminals. This just isn’t true. My patients are housewives, blue collar workers, secretaries, and schoolteachers. Anyone can become addicted.”

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Source: Janaburson’s Blog – February 9, 2013


  1. Stephen Lamb says

    Actually, the article was more damning of CRC than of MMT. I live and work in Kentucky, a state that borders Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee, states where CRC operates. Because of strict limits on how many methadone patients a doctor can see big companies cannot make big profits and do not operate in Kentucky. Luck us! I wrote Mr Freedberg and told him so.

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