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Topic: Methadone and Needle Exchange Programs Prompt: Investigate the use of methadone, methadone clinics, and needle exchange programs to combat the effects of heroin use. List the purposes of each and state their effectiveness. Are such clinics and programs legal? If so, where? What is your opinion of the use of methadone, methadone clinics, and needle exchange programs? Should methadone and needle exchange programs be made available to drug users? Why or why not? NOTE: MORE THAN ONE ANSWER POSTED CHOOSE ANY
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In investigating the use of methadone and clinics it’s a synthetic opioid that reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs such as painkillers and activates opioid receptors in the brain to satisfying its need for opioids. Prior to being used to treat pain in patients its been regulated since only for drug treatment programs. The needle exchange program NEP which was established in 1980’s   is for the reducing of blood borne disease in society due to sharing dirty needles. According to the statistics is has reduced the spread of disease. In an article “Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is the most effective pharmacotherapy for heroin addiction. Good MMT programs include psychosocial as well as medical therapy the importance and contribution of which are well for established for therapeutic success” (McLellan et al, 1993). “In 2018, more than 31,000 deaths involving synthetic opioids (other than methadone) occurred in the United States, which is more deaths than from any other type of opioid. Synthetic opioid-involved death rates increased by 10% from 2017 to 2018 and accounted for 67% of opioid – involved deaths in 2018” (cdc.gov). “Regulatory, legislative, and other policies that support access to clean needles and syringes allow for the legal sale of needles without prescriptions and include programs to distribute clean needles and safely dispose of needles. Sixteen states have passed laws authorizing needle and syringe   exchanges” (cdc.gov). It has shown to be effective in the spread of HIV infections among drug users and public safety. In view of the programs I have personally been affected   I do not agree with them it is condoning drug abuse and not preventing it from stopping but only enabling them to continue their behavior. We do need to implement programs for helping them to overcome the addiction not continue. “ There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1corinthians 10;13 , KJV). There are times in one’s life when we are tempted to walk away from God, but we must find our way back to Him. The only way to respond to our suffering is through God what can wash away our sin nothing but the blood of Jesus. Sin and suffering are intertwined.



 Peels, E., Schreiber, S., & Adelson, M. (2006). Factors predicting retention in treatment: 10-year experience of a methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) clinic in Israel. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 82(3), 211-217. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2005.09.004


Presentation: The Efficacy of Needle Exchange and Methadone Programs 




Methadone and Needle Exchange Programs

Methadone is called opiate analgesics, when used it works to treat pain by changing the way the brain and nervous system responds to pain. Methadone clinics have been set up in several countries to fight heroin addiction and help people to recover. Needle exchange programs are places that provide care, support, education and provide sterile needles for people who want to infect drugs, these type of programs are known for reducing infected needles in communities. All three are legal in several countries including in the U.S but the federal government doesn't fund these. 

Methadone is just drug to stop another drug. We pump our population with ma