Addicts Need Compassion — and Treatment

On June 21, the Vatican press office published the presentation made by Pope Francis to the 31st International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) in Rome. The pope told the conferees, “The problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! … Substitute drugs are not an adequate therapy, but rather a veiled means of surrendering to the phenomenon.” These comments represent an unfortunate, categorical rejection of “maintenance” treatment of opioid addiction with medications such as methadone.

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