OPIATE-DEPENDENT PATIENTS ON A WAITING LIST FOR METHADONE MAINTENANCE TREATMENT ARE AT HIGH RISK FOR MORTALITY UNTIL TREATMENT ENTRY
It couldn't be more clear: We must continue to work and advocate for methadone maintenance treatment being available in EVERY community ON DEMAND for patients suffering from opioid addiction when they want/desire to begin treatment.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) just released a study in conjunction with the U.S. National Library of Medicine that shows the longer the patients have to wait to begin methadone maintenance treatment the higher the risk of death until they are able to begin treatment. These statistics should move ALL people with a moral conscience to do everything possible to expand treatment, accessibility and affordability in every community in every country across the globe. How much more TRUTH in medical/scientific research and facts must be known before the stigmatization and misinformation plaguing the life-saving and life-restoring modality of methadone maintenance treatment will cease?