"Cover Story" piece on the methadone controversy and whether the Cumberland Coun
"Cover Story" piece on the methadone controversy and whether the Cumberland County Jail should provide methadone for addicted inmates. Cumberland County sheriff Mark Dion discontinued the practice when he learned that the Discovery House methadone clinic was relying on jail staff to dispense methadone doses to inmates on Sundays and holidays, and neither staff members nor the jails health provider, Prison Health Services, were licensed to dispense the drug. Since Dion discontinued the jail's "methadone protocol," the Cumberland County Jail now relies on a "withdrawal protocol." With information from formal studies done on the efficacy of methadone and its ability to reduce an addict's dependence on opiates.
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Smith, Sam, ""Cover Story" piece on the methadone controversy and whether the Cumberland Coun" (2001). Maine News Index – Portland Phoenix. 427.
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