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When Drug Treatment For Narcotic Addiction Never Ends

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (11/25) – Opioids have a stranglehold on parts of the U.S. And where addictive pain medicines are the drug of choice, clinics for addiction treatment often follow. Sometime these are doctor’s offices where patients can get painkiller-replacement drugs, such as Subutex and Suboxone…”I use the medication as fishing bait,” says John Fisher, a self-taught counselor who runs Addiction Recovery Center of East Tennessee in rural Blountville. The sign out front says the clinic specializes in “addictionology.” “We bring them in and try to taper them over time,” Fisher says, adding that no one comes truly seeking treatment. They’re looking for legal access to drugs. “One hundred percent of them are,” he says. “No one comes to sit in a group and hear the ‘Kumbaya’ story. So that’s fine.” Read more

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