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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Methadone Treatment For All NBers Who Require It Not Mission Impossible

Delivering methadone to all New Brunswickers that need it isn't an insurmountable task. 

That's according to Police Commission member Dr. Timothy Christie of Dalhousie University who estimates there are only about 5000 people in the province who require it. A study published last year by Christie about the methadone clinic in uptown Saint John showing a 95-percent retention rate and a 60-percent reduction in crime.

He says there's no reason we can't do this on a province-wide basis.

He says we should develop a system that can deliver methadone to the number of people that require it, instead of saying what kind of services do we want to deliver and how much are we going to spend on those.