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Voice of the people

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

Addicts should be allowed treatment

I am writing in hopes to open blind eyes to the disease "addiction." Yes, I called it a disease, not a choice. While this may be up for debate in many eyes, science has now proven that addiction is a true disorder that requires treatment.

I myself suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. I bring this to your attention because, like addiction, I suffer from relapses and remissions. Like many other chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease, addiction requires active medical treatment for the addict to heal. So you ask, "What is the number one treatment for the prescription pain killer epidemic?" The CDC says it is methadone and this has been studied and researched and was approved in the '60s for treatment of opiate addiction. This is the drug of choice for pregnant addicts because it causes no harm to the mother or the fetus.

So, why is it that the personal opinion of a local judge is keeping individuals from seeking the treatment that is proven to work best for them? Shouldn't our legal system want to aid in someone's rehabilitation as opposed to hindering it? Addiction, in this area, is the new normal and without the help of our local legal system, it will forever have a hold on those who suffer from this disease. If methadone is federally mandated and people are treated under supervision of a physician, why is it that someone I love suffers daily due to the fact his "options" were taken away? If this discrimination by the court is allowed to continue, many will remain a statistic of the state and a prisoner to the court system. Wake up! Someone in your life suffers from this and they need your help, your voice!

Cristy Lambert

Huntington

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