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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Methadone Treatment Waiting List

The waitlist for drug addicts seeking methadone treatment is now just over 20, down from over a hundred during the summer. Dr. Tim Christie says there are 150 people currently using the uptown methadone clinic, and nearly 350 people in Saint John receiving treatment.
Dr. Christie says addicts who do not get treatment generally fall into old habits.
Since becoming Police Chief---Bill Reid has been vocal about his support for more methadone clinics in the city, and says the more people getting treatment can be related to a decrease in crime.
Dr. Christie says once a person becomes addicted to opiates, they display drug seeking behaviours, which are generally illegal in order to fund their drug habits.