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February 27, 2014

Letter: Methadone clinics perform a public service

To the editor:

There is so much misinformation about methadone and the clinics. Methadone has been used for over 45 years to wean people off heroin and other harmful opioids.

The clinics provide a valuable service. They cut down on crime rates due to the clients not stealing for their next dose. Methadone is covered by insurance and is physician prescribed. The recipients can drive, work, continue educations, parent and otherwise carry on normal lives.

I am well acquainted with a nurse who has worked in a clinic for over 13 years. She assures me that it is a very orderly operation. Over 300 clients come there for their liquid doses, about half of them once a week and some less often. They all come between 6 a. m. and 9 a.m. After that there is little traffic.

If any client should carry out any\ criminal activity, it would not happen near the clinic. There is a very active "grapevine," and if observed by another client, the news would get back to the staff very soon and investigated.

So we should be glad there are methadone clinics.

Betty L. Martin

Haverhill

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