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Methadone Clinics’ Conference Felt Like Being Behind Enemy Lines

Attending the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) conference, held in Baltimore this month, felt like being…

November 23, 2022

A State-by-State Guide to the Cruelty of the Methadone Clinic System

A chart book of blue national maps newly compiled by Pew Charitable Trusts is a powerful visual distillation of information…

September 27, 2022

SAMHSA, the DEA Could Have Freed Methadone Any Time Since the 1970s

Can you imagine that since the 1970s, the two federal agencies that control the methadone clinic system—the Drug Enforcement Administration…

August 30, 2022

Methadone, the Early Pandemic and the Terror of a Poppyseed Positive

I was going to the methadone clinic weekly when the pandemic began. That was the maximum at the place I…

August 18, 2022

Methadone Clinics Step Up Their Backlash Against Reform

The members of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) are outraged. This national organization represents the…

August 2, 2022

“Administrative Detox” From Methadone Sums Up System’s Cruelty

I got a distressing phone call one morning from a comrade in our local mutual aid network in Michigan. I’ll…

June 8, 2022

Judge Orders County to Offer OUD Meds to All Jailed Patients, in US First

A New York district judge has ordered upstate Jefferson County to offer medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) to all…

May 25, 2022

The Methadone Clinic System Needs Abolition, Not a Tepid Reform Bill

Peter Vanderkloot’s groundbreaking article—Methadone: Medicine, Harm Reduction or Social Control—hit me hard. As a social worker, I helped people who…

May 23, 2022

The Ways We “Monsterize” Drug Use, Pain and People

[This article is an adapted excerpt from On Opium: Pain, Pleasure, and Other Matters of Substance, which was published in…

November 30, 2021

We Must Address the Overdose Crisis With the Same Focus as COVID-19

The United States is simultaneously experiencing two devastating public health crises—the COVID-19 pandemic and the overdose epidemic. As the rates…

June 21, 2021