Title

"City" piece on a proposal by an unidentified local drug counselor that would re

Authors

Sharon Bass

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

9-12-2002

Pages

6-7

Abstract

"City" piece on a proposal by an unidentified local drug counselor that would require methadone clinics in Maine to supplement their urine screenings with random blood tests. According to Karen Simone of the Northern New England Poison Center at Maine Medical Center in Portland, blood tests can find drugs that urine tests cannot, as well as show whether a methadone patient has taken a prescribed dose. Identifying patients who are using other drugs or are not consuming their methadone could help cut down on diversion since these patients would lose their take-home privileges, a practice that is at the root of virtually all of the diversion. With special focus on Gary Vitterito, 36, of Westbrook, who became Westbrook's seventh fatal drug-overdose victim on Sept. 4.

Subjects

Drug abuse -- Treatment, Methadone maintenance, Gary Vitterito

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