This 2 year old article about the disciplinary of some British methadone maintenance physicians has been making the rounds today. It has a pretty clear bias for maintenance, but it offers quite a bit of history about the British opiate addiction treatment. It also illustrates how committed the British system has been to methadone. The whole debate is between methadone detox and methadone maintenance.
As the story of these doctors progresses, it includes drugs (obviously), Madonna, Hollywood and martial arts–what more could you want?