- April 24, 2012 - 21:23
well said Mary, so many of our youth are using this a crutch to avoid their biggest addiction - being allergic to work. So many of our children are so under motivated and we will suffer for it in a few years due to this. Everyone has their hand out asking for help. Help yourself, get a job and contribute to society. For those that say, I can't work. prove it, have a physical done to show you can't answer a phone or puch numbers on a cash register.
- Amanda Walsh
- April 20, 2012 - 10:34
Mary Walsh is uneducated about methadone. It is supposed to be used as PART of an addiction treatment, as one of a host of tools, in order to reduce drug use (abstinence may never happen). Addiction is a complicated issue, people who struggle with addiction have a host of issues, including dealing with trauma, mental illness, etc, so making wide, sweeping statements about why youth should not have access to methadone just shows how little she knows. Stick to acting Mary, it's what you're good at.
- April 20, 2012 - 07:42
You go, Mary! You're damn right. And I'm not saying that the methadone program doesn't work.. I've seen it work. But nobody can deny that it's just replacing one opiate with another opiate. And I don't think she is denying the fact that it works, she is saying there HAS to be another way.. Without getting youth addicted to one form after the other. All you negative people need to open your minds. You don't need to be a medical professional to output the opinions Mary has in the article, JAMES. She is right. And if I were to guess, the people denying are those who are probably abusing it and just came on here to bash Mary because their scared she might actually go somewhere with this. Then where will you get your fix??.. Seriously though. Another thing, comin on here to comment and not commenting on the story is just ridiculous.
- April 19, 2012 - 22:37
You go Mary!! Anyone who disagree needs to start thinking outside the box.
- April 19, 2012 - 09:14
SJW you are well informed! Methadone was not a last resort for me; I was not using needles or stealing to support my habit. I was employed full time and could not financially, mentally, or physically go through the withdrawal symptoms (which are incredibly intense.) I paid for my prescription every day; the only people that receive methadone for free are those on social assistance or a government drug plan. I tried the “on my own” approach only to go back to drugs, as so many others do. Methadone allowed me to avoid physical pain, and deal with the real issues of why I was using. I completed the program, drug free and I have not looked back. I am now a productive member of society, all thanks to the methadone program and the doctors who run it. I was only successful of course because I wanted to change, I wanted life back! I really hate to think what my life would have been without the program.
- April 18, 2012 - 22:28
You don't get high on Methadone, it stops the withdrawal symptoms which can be deadly. Try doing research before expressing uneducated opinions. Oxycodone and Methadone are not equal and interchangable, neither are heroin and oxycodone. Actually there are only a handful of patients in the program due to addiction to heroin. Also, Methadone is not a lifetime crutch. Doses are tapered off slowly and patients do come off the program at a pace that is tailored to them. I would rather have ten thousand people recieving methadone from a pharmacy (which is once daily in a controlled setting) than having ten thousand drug addicts on the streets possible using and sharing dirty needles, dealing and stealing. Not all people addicted to Oxycodone and other narcotics are bad people either. There are many roads that lead to drug addiction.
- April 18, 2012 - 14:19
Mary ...... you are 100% right. My opinion is: A little too much focus is put on the street drugs, I think the Doctors of Newfoundland/Labrador should be investigated. They perscribe way too many opiates, etc. to get promotions from the drug makers..the more they promote the better the bonus they get. A medical detox centre is required...a drug free one. I'm certainly not an expert.
- Dakey Dunn
- April 18, 2012 - 11:34
I think its a good idea to include a number of non experts on these advisory panels. Whether you like it or not celebrities can bring a certain amount of profile and exposure to issues required to make changes. Often times we see the "experts" getting things totally wrong.
- April 18, 2012 - 10:24
Mary Walsh the woman who makes Newfoundlander,s look like fools
- April 18, 2012 - 10:20
Thank you James, Amazed and Ludicrous. Finally others, beside myself, see Mary Walsh for what she is and that is not a celebrity as suggested by Wayne. She is an opinionated selfish individual who in this case is way out of her league. No credentials or expertise to make such comments so why do the news media publish them. I am not saying she does not know anything about using drugs. If she is so concerned about cleaning up something maybe she should start with herself and the arrogant and ignorant characters she portrays. There are enough reputable celebrities speaking out about mental health, addictions and other issues, we do not need the likes of Walsh. As for her being on the health minister's committee, just goes to show how desperate this government is to find knowledgable people in that field, they should try harder.
- April 18, 2012 - 10:12
Finally --- someone like Mary Walsh has the courage to say it like it is. The Methadone program has turned Government into the drug dealer --- and tax payers are footing the bill. It's a huge joke and utterly ridiculous. The clients either go to the drug stores by foot or government paid for taxi to get their daily dose or their "carries". There's no counseling portion --- just feeding the addiction. Maybe Mr. Noseworthy as part of doing his audit on social services should be having a closer look at this. Look at that major money being spent on this and who's getting the kick-backs. There are doctors in this City and pharmacists alike doing well off the back of the methadone program. And really --- is anyone looking at the success rate. It just looks good on paper. In fact it's a farce. Thank you Mary for standing up.
- April 18, 2012 - 10:03
What about the addicts out there that are using methadone not prescribed to them? They aren't getting it because they are part of the program they are getting it from addicts that are selling it. I thought the methadone program was strictly monitored obviously it is not
- April 19, 2012 - 12:48
@Concerned, you are clearly not aware that methadone is also used to treat pain and in that setting is no more regulated than any other drug. It is mainly these patients who put methadone on the street. A small portion comes from addicts on a methadone program. You, and others, seem to assume that if methadone is on the street means that it's being diverted by addicts in treatment and that the program is not really strictly monitored but that is not the case at all.
- April 18, 2012 - 09:45
Mary Walsh makes me cringe, I can't stand the sight of her. I'm not even kidding when I say my day is literally ruined because I had to read her name and see a picture of her. What qualifies her to have all of the answers anyways? Hopefully she's out on her ear soon enough because of Stephen Harper's CBC cuts.
- April 18, 2012 - 08:55
There were 5500 methadone related deaths in 2007. Methadone represented less than 5% of prescribed opiates but was attributed to 1/3 of all opiate related deaths. www.stopmethadonedeaths.com
- April 18, 2012 - 08:34
I think that Mary Walsh should be commended for coming out and saying what noone else will about the failure of the methadone program. Thanks Mary, I admire you.
- April 18, 2012 - 08:27
"Walsh is a member of the provincial health minister’s committee on mental health and addictions" What qualifications does a celebrity have for such an apparently lofty position? Her comments about medicine's involvement are potentialy detrimental to the whole process of treating addicts. As well, an addict made a choice to start drugs and therefore has to decide to get off them. If they don't want to stop no amount of intervention is going to help, try as you might. I see addicts frequently in my work, and loss of family, children, housing, income, health has yet to deter them. Sad but until they get the proper insight it's hard to help them when they show no interest in the options available. I do agree we need to see improvemnt in treatment options for drug abuse.
- April 18, 2012 - 07:45
Maybe now that a celebrity is talking about this something will get done. The waiting list for the provincial clinic is MONTHS long. The price of oxy's is rising every day. People are going to be killed because of addictions.....it may the the addicts or it may be some innocent person like a store clerk. Ms Walsh is right, that in some ways methadone is even worse than oxy's because it can take years to get off methadone......and it's also pretty easy for a doctor to just give out another prescription every now and then instead of having to work thorugh getting some desperate addict off drugs.
- April 18, 2012 - 07:35
Thank you Mary Walsh... leading expert in everything. This is one of the most poorly behaved individuals I've ever had the misfortune to meet. Perhaps she should turn her activism inwards towards herself.
- April 18, 2012 - 08:24
To LUDICROUS: You're personal opinion of Mary Walsh has little to do with the opinion she has expressed here. I work in a field where I see the repercussions of drug addiction almost every day. I happen to agree with Mary Walsh on this one, and my opinion of her(whether positive or negative) has little to do with my views. I think methadone treatment is a band-aid solution and that it doesn't stop the addiction, it just switches the focus to a different addictive drug! And no, I'm no expert either!