This article briefly chronicles four decades of public skepticism about methadone.
Bill White and others have argued that methadone has been a victim of unfair bias. It’s hard to argue that they are wrong. However, I don’t hear methadone advocates reflect on what criticisms may be legitimate. All critics tend to be characterized as irrational. Too often, particularly in southeastern Michigan, methadone treatment’s focus is palliative rather than recovery-focused and therefore contributes to despair and stigma.