Methadone as Medicine

FAIRBANKS- As we reported earlier this month, Fairbanks has seen a rise in heroin use, and the hard- drug affects people of all backgrounds. The Interior Aids Association has a support program, using a heroin substitute called methadone, which helps people with opioid addiction . According to the Executive Director of the Interior AIDS Association, Anna Nelson, methadone is medicine.  “Methadone is a synthetic opiate and it fills the receptors that opioids fill, but it allows the person to function normally.” That stability allows people to potentially sort out their lives. From her experience, Nelson says says treatment programs like this are a wise investment. “It saves money, if that’s what your focus is. It saves money in prisons and social services.”