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-- Martin Mitchell
I would like to thank you for the article on the local methadone clinics ("Dealing Drugs the Legal Way," April 4). This topic is one that is very close to my heart for my husband is a recovering addict. He was addicted to prescription pain medication that had been legitimately prescribed to him for medical reasons. However, just like most addicts, the pain medication became his way to escape, his way to become numb to the various stresses in his life
I have watched my husband go through hospitalized rehabilitation twice. After the first go-round, my husband saw a psychiatrist that supposedly specialized in addictive disorders. While in the hospital, my husband had been given methadone in gradually decreasing increments as well as Clonidine to control his blood pressure when panic would ensue due to the withdrawal symptoms. The methadone treatment allowed for my husband to function without experiencing the euphoria of the hydrocodone high, as well as not experience the pain of withdrawal. He began to see the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak.
You see, my husband had long since experienced the desire to be sober, but his body had become physically dependant on the opiates. In my observations of his plight, this seems to be the cruelest tug of war between body and mind.
Upon release from the hospital, the psychiatrist promptly put my husband back on the medication that he had become addicted to -- stating that she felt "he needed to be weaned off the opiate gradually." This only eventually led to another round of hospitalized rehabilitation. Many [Narcotics Anonymous] meetings later, as well as many discovered relapses and half-truths later, my husband began treatment at a local methadone clinic. I am happy to say that it is not one of the ones that is so heavily scrutinized in your article. My husband has been visiting the clinic now for over six months. I have gone with him on occasion, and can definitely spot the patients that aren't visiting the clinic to get better, but to get high.
I thank God for this clinic on a daily basis for giving my husband this option to save himself. The addict has to truly desire to be clean. My husband is regularly subjected to random urine testing and must attend group meetings, as well as have a certain amount of time logged with his counselor before he can progress to the next level as far as his take-home dosages are concerned. We have even met with his counselor together. He has decreased his dosage twice over the course of his treatment so far. His results may not be typical of most of the patients that visit methadone clinics around the country, but his results are positive just the same. If these clinics can help even two out of the 10 patients that visit them, then it seems like a viable option to me. I just wanted people to know out there that there is hope and there are people that do want to help people to help themselves.
-- Name and location withheld upon request
On a limb
Kudos to Mr. Renaldo for inspiring passionate reaction on a subject I had assumed to be nowhere near today's social ground zero (Think Tank, Rant, "Parts Is Parts," April 18). One respondent went to admirable lengths to excoriate the essay, and I must admit to being a sucker for a good argument.
While Mr. Renaldo might be criticized for diluting his idea with cruel and cavalier stereotypes, his main organizing idea (something I learned about in my freshman comp class) can be summed up in three sentences:
Every party in the organ supply chain, save one, reaps a substantial material benefit from the process, either in monetary compensation or in improved health. The federal government, an agency of force, has legislated a market value of zero for the organs to their source, while allowing at least some market benefits to accrue to all other parties in the supply chain.
The state government, also an agency of force, is leveraging a declared monopoly in granting driving privileges towards the pursuit of increasing the supply of available organs, while granting a nominal benefit for the organs to their source, in the form of an $8 rebate.
While even Mr. Renaldo's supporters decry his lack of compassion for the organ recipients, they forget about the organ source. Notice I didn't say "donor" because the verb "to donate" not only implies a disinterest in compensation, but assumes a broader range of choices than merely keeping one's organs or giving them away for free.
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