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The fight for control of methadone, addiction treatment’s ‘miracle molecule’

A doctor, a patient advocate, and the most powerful figure in the methadone treatment industry presented competing visions for the future of American addiction medicine this week — a conversation that touched on stigma, patients’ rights, and a stark divide in health provider attitudes toward patients with addiction.

The debate centered on a single question: whether U.S. doctors should be able to prescribe methadone, a medication used to treat addiction to drugs like fentanyl and heroin, directly to patients.


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