New Castle County Council wants the state to use a downstate medical facility for a statewide drug and alcohol treatment facility.
Jennifer Whitehead's insight:
Delware...you have a grand opportunity to address the lack of detox beds in the state by allowing the proposed addition of a drug and alcohol treatment facility to the Stockley medical center grounds. There is a desperate need for inpatient beds in Delaware. Currently, there is only ONE detox center in the state, a sad fact that must be addressed along with our propensity to treat addiction as a criminal justice problem rather than a public health issue.
As an advocate, increasing access to mmt is always at the top of my agenda. But no matter how hard we fight, it seems the Department of Corrections in most US states are just not willing to comply with best practice and implement methadone treatment in US prisons. Not only are they refusing to allow opioid addicts the opportunity to access mmt, they are refusing to continue mmt for existing patients, which breaches the 14th and 8th amendments and the ADA, and also constitutes "deliberate indifference to suffering" by medical personnel! It's time for the government to step in and demand that DOC give existing patients access to mmt.
You can help by emailing your recommendations to SAMHSA! Let them know that mmt is a right, not a privilege, and inmates deserve the same medical treatment as anyone else suffering from opioid addiciton, especially existing patients.
Right now, it is routine practice for DOC to cut off methadone as soon as a patient becomes incarcerated, with the attitude that if they get locked up, they deserve to withdrawal. But what they don't realize is that, number one, it is lilegal to impose a punishment aside from the inmate's sentence, and number two, that most mmt patients end up locked up on warrants, not new charges. MMT reduces drug use and crime. So, it should be a no-brainer that inmates need access to it!
Tell SAMHSA that it's time for them to implement a policy that would make it illegal to deny methadone to existing patients. Methadone is a RIGHT, not a privilege!
In a recent online talk show hosted by the Russian service of Voice of America, Tatyana Klimenko, an advisor to the Russian Minister of Health, was asked why the medicines methadone and buprenorphine—known as opioid substitution treatment (OST)—are banned in Russia despite libraries of scientific evidence proving their effectiveness in preventing HIV and reducing heroin use. “Only two patients are demanding OST in Russia, Alexey Kurmanayevsky and Irina Teplinskaya,” Klimenko dismissively responded.
A new study from Stanford researchers published in PLoS Medicine makes the case that a combination of methadone substitution therapy and anti-retroviral treatment would have the greatest ef (Effectiveness And Cost Effectiveness Of Expanding Harm Reduction And Antiretroviral Therapy In A Mixed HIV Epide... http://bit.ly/gYS8bv)
A look at the past 50 years of research would show this ill-informned author that "the root cause" of addiction is biological, and that methadone treats it. Methadone supresses craving, blocks the effects of short-acting opioids, re-balances chemistry, promotes stability, and makes the patients more receptive to what counseling and therapy have to offer in the way of treating trauma and creating coping skills.
The deaths of a young mother desperate to get off methadone and several former addicts, along with damning findings by the State Coroner, have thrown the spotlight on the controversial use of naltrexone implants to treat opioid addiction, Deborah Snow writes.
We have an epidemic of alcoholism and prescription drug abuse in Delaware and the nation.
Jennifer Whitehead's insight:
Delaware citizens, tell your legislatures that we want and desperately need the proposed drug and alcohol treatment facility on Stockley grounds!
Let them know we're sick and tired of funding the incarceration of suffering addicts at $36,000 a year when it does absolutely nothing to help with their problem. Treatment costs just a tenth of incarceration and sets people up to succeed, not fail and become enmeshed in our exorbitant criminal justice system for life.
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“The Organization Against Drugs (OKANA), which runs rehabilitation programs for people addicted to heroin and other narcotics, has warned that it is running dangerously low on methadone as members of...
British comedian Russell Brand has a bit of 12-step recovery under his belt—and so, like a lot of people who fit that description, he fancies himself an expert on addiction. In fact, he’s so sure he knows his stuff that he’s taken it upon himself to tell the British government what treatment method is best: abstinence-only—and no maintenance, please! Conveniently, this is right in line with a recent push by the UK’s Conservative government for an abstinence-focused recovery agenda.
The "War on Drugs" has promoted the use of punitive measures to get drug addicts to "straighten up" for many years. And we know it doesn't work. We know it, and we continue on with the mindset that addiciton is just a nasty behavior that needs to be "modified" rather than a disease that needs to be treated. We know that punishment does not keep an addict from using. Many times, the addict does not even want to use. The addict uses against his or her own will. The brain changes, and drug use becomes a survival behavior. If you were sent to prison or punished for it, could you stop drinking water?