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April 8, 2014

Do methadone clinics help or create lifelong depencies?

The methadone clinic on National Highway across from 84 Lumber daily mornings fills the entire parking lot for itself and other businesses Monday through Saturday. Does this clinic try to wean people off methadone or just switch them from an illegal drug to be on methadone forever?

I have an acquaintance that has a son who has gone to this clinic for years (and I believe there are other clinics in Cumberland). Maybe I am just uninformed and the drug problem is far worse here than I had suspected, or we are enabling these people to maintain a lifelong habit without truly trying to help them? I don’t really know the answer. Do you?

Pat Kilcoyne

LaVale

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