There's also a reason that street junkies opt to go to Dr. Ruiz's program instead of Matthew Gissen's treatment center, the Village. The reason is that you can't get into a drug program unless you have a lot of insurance. As with any business, you're naturally going to find someone waiting to exploit the system, to create flaws. You're going to find people who are disgruntled in every walk of life. I suspect such as is the case with the people Ms. Park interviewed for her article.

Now that heroin is back as the drug of choice, New Times is actually publishing an article detrimental to methadone. That's ludicrous! I really don't think Ms. Park is aware of just how bad the heroin epidemic is. What is the heroin addict who is ready to clean up going to do? Methadone is the stop just before we overdose on heroin, commit suicide, or go away to prison for a long time. The most important thing to me is waking up in the morning and not being sick from heroin withdrawal. Being able to look in the mirror and like what I see.

Karl Olsson
North Miami Beach

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