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Methadone Today

The official newsletter of
Detroit Organizational Needs in Treatment (DONT)

Phone/Fax: (810) 658-9064

"Let those who would use the political process to impose their preferences on the behavior of others be wary of the threat to their own liberties. The liberties of some cannot readily be restricted without limiting the liberties of all" - James M. Buchanan

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Detroit Organizational Needs in Treatment (DONT) is a methadone advocacy group organized by methadone patients to return dignity to methadone maintenance treatment and to protect the rights of patients. Methadone Today is the official newsletter of DONT. The idea of a methadone advocacy organization was conceptualized in March of 1995 when the DEA raided a Detroit methadone clinic. The groups agreed that there was a great need for patient unity to correct the damage that had been done and to thwart further involvement of the DEA in methadone treatment. DONT works to correct the misconceptions about methadone maintenance treatment and overcome the prejudice directed against methadone patients, strives to educate communities and policy makers about the benefits of methadone treatment, responds to the negative and sensationalized media, advocates for treatment on demand, and provides a platform whereby methadone patients can express their concerns about their quality of life.

Detroit Organizational Needs in Treatment is dedicated to:

improving the quality and accessibility of pharmacological treatments for opiate addiction, specifically opioid replacement therapy (including but not limited to methadone maintenance treatment)

  • eliminating discrimination against patients of these treatments

  • creating a more harmonious relationship between patients, treatment providers, and the community

  • empowering methadone patients with a strong, unified voice

  • promoting harm reduction practices by educating patients, medical personnel, policymakers, and the general public about the numerous life-saving benefits of opiod replacement therapy

    New Advocacy Group--Advocates for Recovery through Medicine (ARM) - We need volunteers to help this national movement change methadone policy to become more consumer friendly. See details.

    An Analysis of the Attempt to Strangle Methadone Maintenance in America: Mayor Guiliani to "The Addiction Free Treatment Act of 1999." - by William W. Read, J.D.

    Methadone Treatment Works Compendium A must read for every patient on methadone and their family; every counselor and staff person in a methadone clinic; and every policy maker, medical personnel and the general public who wishes to learn about this life-saving treatment for opiate addiction. - Download now

    Methadone Maintenance Clinics Across the U.S. Traveling? Your clinic not treating you right? - Also includes hospitals (Acroread required--if you don't have it, download here). It takes about 5 minutes to download the pdf file.

    Methadone Maintenance Authorities by State Methadone Clinic Licensing - This is who to ask for the State Methadone Regulations.

    Federal Methadone Regulations - When your clinic tells you, "It's Federal Regulations", you can see for yourself if it is or not.

    Methadone Maintenance Clinics Worldwide Traveling outside the country? - If so, you need to go to this site. Gives information by country and what to do when traveling with methadone.

    Drs. Dole and Nyswander (Photos) - Also, see Herman Joseph, Ph.D.'s Chapter 5, Medical Methadone Maintenance: The Further Concealment of a Stigmatized Condition

    Treatment Improvement Exchange (TIE) - - Look for the TIP (Treatment Improvement Protocol) and the TAP (Technical Assistance Publication) Series here. A lot of great information on methadone by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Americans With Disabilities Act - Have you been discriminated against for employment because you are a methadone patient? - If so, this will tell you how to file a complaint with the Department of Justice. Yes, you are covered if you are legally taking methadone and are not abusing other drugs.

    Drugs That May Increase or Decrease Methadone's Effects

    Starting Methadone Anonymous Group

    Check out the new "War on Drugs Clock" - It is a counter, updated as you watch, of the number of dollars spent, the number of drug arrests this year up to the minute, and the number of new prisoners based on government stats.

    Health World --Drug Screens & More - How long do drugs stay in the system? Hair Testing? Urinalysis? Make sure you know what's going on.

    More about the DEA raid - Methadone Clinic in Detroit Raided

    Identifying the Enemy: Who is the Enemy? - Not the addict but the forfeiture of civil liberties because of the "drug war"

    Constitution: Fact or Fiction by Dr. Gene Schroder - The Story of our Nation's Descent from a Constitutional Republic through a Constitutional Dictatorship to an Unconstitutional Dictatorship.

    Jury Rights Under Assault - Juror Laura Kriho's Conviction on Newly Created Crime

    Juror Kriho's Sentencing

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    Web site maintained by Beth Francisco, Editor & Publisher Methadone Today: Last updated October 24, 1999.

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