Methadone Petition

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A couple of days ago an old lady with her youngest son came to see me. I was skeptical at first and couldn't believed it was me she wanna see. Well, after a polite greeting I invited her into my living room. Frankly, I don't know what to do. Should I served her drink or what, I just don't know? You see, it's only three of us living in this big house. My dear wife is working during the weekdays and that leave two of us holding the fort.

My mother-in-law is not well, being confined on her wheel chair most of the time. So, that leave me doing the household chores. I don't mind at all. After all my beloved wife is working hard for the money, I don't mind at all to be the house-husband! A decision we took after a long deliberation who gonna take care of mother-in-law? After all, I have my own money income. I don't have to open and rent an office space in town. It's more logical, time and money well spent if I opened my own office at home!

OK, back to the old lady. It's our custom to serve drinks to our guest before we talk. So, that's what I do. Making drinks is not my forte and mother-in-law knew it very well. Like a drill sergeant, mother-in-law gave directions how to make a perfect drinks suited to our guests. After a polite blah, blah, blah, mother-in-law excused herself, back to her room.

I can see that this lady got something important to say to me. With mother-in-law out of sight, she started to spill her beans. She told me that she got a son who was an addict. To make the story short, her son wanted to kick off his awful habit but he needed her mother help. He said he cannot make it by going through cold turkey treatment. So, with her mother, both of them went to a nearby clinic. He was given Methadone treatment.

After two weeks, her mother can see the changes in her son and she was so happy. She was beginning to feel the real joy of relationship with her son. But then something happened. The doctor who prescribed him with Methadone said, Methadone was out of stock! Where do you think a drug addict who has only two weeks clean time go without his medication? Thank you for guessing. It became the same old blues again and again. Her son started using again. To make matter worse, her son was caught by the Narcotics Division not long after that!

I pitied this old lady. She had lost her appetite, she's losing weight and cried most of the day. Her life became unmanageable since her son was caught. She came to see me just to ask, why there was no Methadone for her son? You see, the first time she went to the clinic with her son, the doctor assured her Methadone has been approved by the Government to treat drug addicts. There will be no shortage of Methadone and this lady kept the doctor's words.

Without realising it, I shed my tears. It kept on flowing coz I knew the pains this old lady in front of me has been shouldering. How I wish I could take some of the burdens off her shoulder? For the first time, I'm at loss for words. I just don't know what to say to this old lady. I kept on crying.

After that old lady bidded me goodbye, I'm in rage. I kept on saying, what the FUCK is going on? I started blaming the Government, the doctors, the medical council and everybody including myself! Without wasting anymore time, I put on my leather jacket and riding boots, I'm off to see my doctor friend. Only speed could cool me down. My usual therapy to cool me down, just me and my motorcycle!

I was still seeing hell fire when I reached his office. Without proclaiming myself, I barged in to his room. Seeing me in that state, he knew something is wrong. He excused everybody including his patients just to attend me. He is the same schoolmate who I told you about in one of my posts (damn, I forgot which one!). Sorry about my French, ladies. I'm still angry!

I'm really grateful to him for being cool with me. I don't know whether he is angry with me for barging in but he didn't show it. So, I told him from A to Z what had happened between the old lady and me.

Chick (en) Of A Feather!




See, what did I tell you? Anything can happened to the chick (en) in the household of Casa de la Noor Azmano. Now they think they're BIRDS! Sitting serenely on a Rambutan's (a type of local fruit, very hairy and tasty) tree imagining they're birds!

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He said that what happened to several of his patients who was on Methadone. Right now all of the clinics are short and sometime no Methadone was supplied to them for several weeks. He can't do anything, and yes he is angry too to see some of his patients who turns back to drug because he's unable to supply them with Methadone. He even told me that he went for a doctors' meeting in Sarawak with some Government reps assuring the doctors, there will be no shortage of Methadone!

His supplier (Methadone) too can't do anything when he asked to be supplied just enough for his regular patients. The rest he can turn away but he want his regular patients to stay clean. When I asked him to tell me the truth, this is what he got to say;

The Government also opened Methadone Maintainance Treatment (MMT) in every government operated hospitals. They want those in need of MMT to go to the hospital and registered but the problem is that no everybody want to expose themselves to the hospital. That's where the clinics part took place. They want to stay anonymous and the only way to stay anonymous was to get MMT at the private clinics.

Addicts especially drug addicts are treated like a second class citizen here. If you have a record as an addict you can't even hold a job as a security! I don't know what it's called in your place but we called it "jaga". And some of them who are on MMT are from the Professional Sectors, Army Officers, Teachers and do you think these type of people want to go to the hospital and registered themselves? As usual, the last part involved politic ~ I see no evil, I speak no evil and I hear no evil!

My second part of "A Little Bit Of Me" will be published on the next post. I wish there is such a petition here. Read their stories, it's interesting.

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Author: eboka
Date: Mar 15, 2007 03:15

If you want methadone to continue to be available in the US, sign this
petition.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/360731625?ltl=1173953664

There has been much written of late about the rise in deaths due to
the abuse of Methadone. We lament these deaths, but feel that there
has arisen an hysteria that proposes to restrict further the
prescription of this life-saving medication to the detriment of the
250,000 patients who receive this drug daily in addiction treatment
programs across the United States. An overdose due to a person's
recreational use of illicitly obtained methadone is NOT the fault of
the drug, but of the person abusing the drug. Accidental overdoses by
persons legitimately prescribed the drug for pain management purposes
is again, not the fault of the drug, but of medical personnel who may
not be educating patients enough to the dangers of such a long-acting
analgesic. Deaths due to the recreational abuse of the drug lies with
the abuser, not the substance.

Methadone when used correctly is an effective and inexpensive pain
medication. In addiction treatment programs, methadone acts as
endorphin replacement for the damaged brain chemistry's brought about
by long term exposure to opiates. It has been utilized safely and
scrutinized closely for five decades, and has been declared the "gold
standard" for opiate addiction treatment by our government's National
Institutes of Health. It is also the most closely regulated drug in
existence when used for this purpose. Investigations over the last
three years by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration has shown
that illicit methadone on the streets of America originates in pain
management programs and NOT addiction treatment facilities.

Methadone SAVES lives! There are a quarter of a million patients
receiving it daily in addiction treatment facilities across America
who will attest to that fact. It is safe when used properly, and
effective in the endorphin replacement therapy needed by these
patients. We the undersigned wish to implore the Federal Centers for
Substance Abuse Treatment(CSAT) to not fall victim to the hysteria
presently surrounding this drug, and to make any changes where they
belong
-- in the pain management centers of America and NOT its
addiction treatment programs.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/360731625?ltl=1173953664

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29 Comments thus far...

recoveryroad said...

Hello Noor

I read elsewhere you have something on your mind. Take care, my friend. I am thinking of you and I hope you manage to work out whatever is going on for you.

Kind regards

Kenny

lushgurl said...

Hey, it must be very frustrating to want to help and not be able to. Just remember to take care of you my friend, that is the most important thing to do.
I will pray for your friend...

Scott W said...

You did what you could. You were there for someone suffering and that is maybe what she needed as much as help for her son.

We go through frustrating times sometimes when we aren't able to do as we wish we could for someone. Just don't beat yourself up over it.

God will walk with you.

vicariousrising said...

How frustrating and difficult for you, Noor. I can't even begin to think of what to say that might help. You have such a good heart and I hate seeing it hurt.

Try to find some peace. I will be wishing you all the best.

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

All these suffering people have their own higher power.
I meet MANY people I cannot help for one reason or another. My way of easing my concience is to 'scan the rooms' for the new people I can work with MOST EFFECTIVELY and QUICKLY. By choosing ONLY the MOST RECEPTIVE people to work with, I MAXIMIZE the exact total of people who acheive PERMANENT sobriety.
I do NOT choose either labour intensive people OR labour intensive METHODS because, the more efficent I am at helping people stay sober using the AA programme, the fewer people there are out there drinking themselves to death.
you CAN"T do EVERYTHING. Just stick to the stuff you CAN do. That's assist those that ARE in a position to make use of the programme to full effect.
I would feel EXACTLY as you do if I were to try and stray out of my 'designated aa remit'. I cannot control the OTHER factors in the spectrum of helping addicts recover. but I CAN prevent them dying of untreated alcoholism if I show them how to go through the steps the way I was shown by my sponsor. All these suffering people have their own higher power.
Al anon is the best place for families of addicts.
I meet MANY people I cannot help for one reason or another. My way of easing my conscience is to 'scan the rooms' for the new people I can work with MOST EFFECTIVELY and QUICKLY. By choosing ONLY the MOST RECEPTIVE people to work with, I MAXIMIZE the exact total of people who achieve PERMANENT sobriety.
I do NOT choose either labour intensive people OR labour intensive METHODS because, the more efficient I am at helping people stay sober using the AA programme, the fewer people there are out there drinking themselves to death.
you CAN"T do EVERYTHING. Just stick to the stuff you CAN do. That's assist those that ARE in a position to make use of the programme to full effect.
I would feel EXACTLY as you do if I were to try and stray out of my 'designated aa remit'. I cannot control the OTHER factors in the spectrum of helping addicts recover. but I CAN prevent them dying of untreated alcoholism if I show them how to go through the steps the way I was shown by my sponsor.
That's the limit of my life saving ability. I have to accept that and just do my LOUSY BEST.
I don't mind being a 'pawn' in the feild of recovery. That is the job I am best qualified to do.
Just do what you CAN instead of agonising about all the things that are just out of reach.
Thats the limit of my life saving ability. I have to accept that and just do my LOUSY BEST.
I don't mind being a 'pawn' in the feild of recovery. That is the job I am best qualified to do.
Just do what you CAN instead of agonising about all the things that are just out of reach.

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

oops. I know I often repeat myself !!! but accidently pasted twice.
oh well! hope you feel better soon!

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

Actually I find that post mistake FAR TOO confusing so here goes! 2nd time lucky!

All these suffering people have their own higher power.
Al anon is the best place for families of addicts.
I meet MANY people I cannot help for one reason or another. My way of easing my conscience is to 'scan the rooms' for the new people I can work with MOST EFFECTIVELY and QUICKLY. By choosing ONLY the MOST RECEPTIVE people to work with, I MAXIMIZE the exact total of people who achieve PERMANENT sobriety.
I do NOT choose either labour intensive people OR labour intensive METHODS because, the more efficient I am at helping people stay sober using the AA programme, the fewer people there are out there drinking themselves to death.
you CAN"T do EVERYTHING. Just stick to the stuff you CAN do. That's assist those that ARE in a position to make use of the programme to full effect.
I would feel EXACTLY as you do if I were to try and stray out of my 'designated aa remit'. I cannot control the OTHER factors in the spectrum of helping addicts recover. but I CAN prevent them dying of untreated alcoholism if I show them how to go through the steps the way I was shown by my sponsor.
That's the limit of my life saving ability. I have to accept that and just do my LOUSY BEST.
I don't mind being a 'pawn' in the field of recovery. That is the job I am best qualified to do.
Just do what you CAN instead of agonizing about all the things that are just out of reach.

Michael said...

Hi Noor, what a moving story, its a bit like me being two weeks off ciggies only to be told theres no more chewing gum, only of course much worse.
I gotta see the smoking cessation nurse again tonight, with the free NHS (National Health Service) in the UK the Government are realising its costing a lot more to treat all the long term smokers than it would do to offer stopping smoking aids on prescription.
Also in May in the UK a smoking ban is coming into effect all over the UK
Anyway thanks for keep coming to visit my blog, you are the only one who ever posts me anything

SCoUt said...

I am so sorry this is happening in your country, Noor Azman. Frankly I am not surprised at all. Methadone patients here must go to designated clinics that are controlled by our FDA and our names are also reported to them as being a Methadone recipient. Seems any time a government can control a drug, especially a money-making opiate, they will do so.
I wish you some peace in this. I can feel that you want to help somehow. Perhaps you CAN help in some manner through your doctor friend.
At any rate, your blogging freely and honestly is a help to those still suffering and looking for answers.
Peace to you my brother,
Scout

msb said...

Suboxone is the latest detox drug. It takes 3-4 weeks for the detox and supposedly no down time. After that the client is put on Naltrexone(an opiate blocker) to decrease the craving. Hopefully the person is going to 12 step meetings for support and an alternative to the life of a dope fiend. My question is what did we do when there was no methodone? Just god and the 12 steps.

Meg Moran said...

Hello Noor,
the problem is made so much difficult in your country because people attach so much shame to the label "addict". I feel that is where you help the most, by showing people that recovery is possible and that you are NOT a horrible person. This is why the woman came to you for help. She knew of your good heart. This is how you can help best. Carry the message my friend.

Michael said...

well I am now nearly 940 days sober and 14 days without the ciggies, the nurse whome I went to see said I can start a new life now.
I still love blogging though, how long u been blogging Noor, its a chance for you to share your frustrations and thoughts with many.
They say a broblem shared is a problem halved well its certainly shared when u blog it

SCoUt said...

Hmmm....what DID people do when there was no methadone??? Lets look back in history and see what happened to people when they did not have medicine for deadly diseases. Oh ya, that's right, they DIED!
I dont know a MEthadone clinic in the U.S. who doesnt offer support groups, treatment, and 12 step support as an adjunct to Methadone alone.
Also, the information about Suboxone in the same comment is incorrect. Google it if you want the real deal.
As Meg said, let's be careful about "contempt prior to investigation".
Sorry for the cross talk but I can't let misinformation out on this one. It's way too important.
Peace,
Scout

Shadow said...

hey! please tell me about your bike? and have you noticed how many recoverers are passionate about biking? have a cool weekend!

Zane-nawwaa said...

Hi Noor, What a touching story. You will be blessed for your efforts. Thanks for stopping by my blog on a regular basis. I am trying to get a regular post going.
I did listen to Scott W. and took my butt, I don't have an Ass - had a quarterhourse once tho - to two meetings today. They are regular meetings. I usually do four meetings a week. Occassionally more. Take care and your "old lady and son" will be in my prayers.

Inmatez Wife said...

Sometimes all we can do is listen, and let the other person know that they are not alone. You did what you could, and that is all you can do.

sharonsjourney said...

You did everything you could, you can't be everything to everybody. Tho, I'll bet you try hu? Lushgurl is right, take care of yourself.
I have a friend on methadone for pain, I'm so glad it's available for him, I had friends on the methadone treatment,it helped them immensely.
I've missed your stopping by, would love to hear from you.

Love, Sharon

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

Hi there Noor. you know I am not COMPLETELY cynical about attempts at political reform. If it is possible to write letters to your local government or petition to try and bring about reforms in the way this is handled. then why not? Like a LOT of people I can feel very powerless regarding the decisions of hte state, but action of some kind is never wasted. it is better than nothing. The marches over here did not prevent the war on Iraq, but they have political significance now, after having witnessed the outcome of that action. so yes, there are very limited things we CAN do in this area.

Basically its ALL in the serenity prayer. Do what you CAN, and try not to dwell on the stuff out of your immediate control. Its not easy figuring out which is which sometimes!

Anyway I hope this Monday is treating you and your wife well. You're doing a GREAT job Noor.
Like the first 100 members used to say:
"Do not be discouraged'.

Your story about the methadone shortage reminds me of the bit in the big book where it says:
"Our struggles with them (meaning alcoholics) are variously strenuous, comic, and tragic. One poor chap committed suicide in my home. He could not, or would not see our way of life." p15

I think the experience you described was just that. Your 'struggle' with this situation, was "strenuous' and 'tragic'. Just like the first 100 members! So you are in GOOD company with that experience.

Michael said...

Blimey Noor its monday again and the clocks have gone back here over the weekend, do you over in Malaysia move the clocks back in Autumn by a hour and forward again in spring or is it just us british who have this daft custom.
Still waiting for your life story part 2 but u dont seem to have posted on here since your angry post

Grace said...

Sorry to hear you are off line Noor, look forward to your return!

Scott W said...

You have been tagged again!

Shadow said...

hey! hope you get your computer sorted soon, darn lightning....

Adam said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. I really admire the way you go about trying to help others. Wish you all the best.

awannabe said...

Thank you for stopping by "I don't know where I'm from"

I'm going to link your blog to it under "other blogographies." I will be back to check out this blog.

I have addictions, or obsessive behavior so I can relate.

Thank you for sharing and being an example for others. Hugs from the USA.

SCoUt said...

Still missing you, Noor Azman.
Peace,
Scout

Shannon said...

Hey Noor where yoiu be??? just poppin in to check on ya... hope you and youe wife are having a great eveing

Shadow said...

hey noor. still off line i see, poor you...

Old MD Girl said...

Hi Noor,

Sure you can link to my post. Or use it with a link in your blog. Thanks for reading!

Old MD Girl

Abriza Mohammed said...

Dear Noor,
Thanx for visiting my blog. I believe in one thing : Allah duga kita dengan sesuatu yang kita mampu. I read your blog. Dugaan kita berbeza but matlamat kita sama... recover and be a better person.

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