I don't find this patient's story "suspect" at all. As Claude
mentioned, it happens quite frequently. The views concerning MMT of
different law enforcement agencys differ greatly in this country. I
am the co-director of Va.'s NAMA chapter, and we are currently
working diligently to change the attitude of a local Sherrif's
Dept., Circut Court Judge, and Parole Office. The Deputys sit in
plain view of the MMT clinic parking lot and copy licesense plate
numbers of patients and several of these patients, after being
pulled over for minor traffic infractions, have been taken to the
hospital, had their blood drawn, and then have been charged and
booked for DUID. This only recently started becoming an issue and
has since "quieted down" some because most of the cases that have
gone to trial were either thrown out of court or were won by the
defendents. You have to realize that we live in a very rural part of
the country and MMT has only been in exsistence in this area for a
short while (a little over 3 years). It is a whole different world
from LA, believe me and, as I said, the prejudices and ignorance
toward MMT run rampant.
--- In DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com
, "LA Bureau of Investigation"
> I am a police officer and currently work DUI enforcement for a
> police department. I would be very suspect that she was given a
DUI just on
> those facts alone. In most states, you have to be impaired before
> be arrested for DUI. I have never meet a methadone maintenance
> was impaired, especially after being stable.
> If I were you, I would investigate if there were other elements,
> additional drugs or alcohol involved. If it turns out that he/she
> honest and she was arrested for having methadone in her vehicle,
> with me and I will try to point you in the right direction to help
> course, she/he will need an attorney. Until then, tell her/him
not to give
> any additional information to law enforcement regarding her
> intake/possession on that date.
> What State did this happen within?
> Good luck,
> From: robby jackson [mailto:KRobJ@a...]
> Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 4:30 AM
> To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [METHADONIA ] MM Patient Arrested
> Greetings! I just joined the group...and am also a NAMA member.
> professional position is as the clinical supervisor at Southwest
> Carolina Treatment Center in Anderson, SC. One of our patients
> arrested for DUI because she had her methadone in the car
> traffic stop. Can you give us some suggestions on ways to
> for her? This is just plain wrong...and discriminatory in my
> judgement. HELP!
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