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The Options and Obstacles to Treating Heroin Addiction

“‘Methadone became stigmatized almost immediately,’ says Dr. Mary Jeanne Kreek of Rockefeller University. Kreek was part of the team that originally studied methadone as a potential treatment for opioid addiction in the 1960s. She notes that although methadone clinics operate under strict regulations, they continue to be shunned by some communities. ‘Here in New York City, we’ve had a decrease, not increase, in the number of methadone clinics. Why? Stigma. Why? They don’t make money. Why? Not in my backyard.'”