Hi! I live in B.C. Canada and here I think we are pretty lucky as
well. We initially have to show up weekly at the clinic, where we
see the doctor who decides how often we have to pick up:
usually daily for the first while until we are known a bit,
graduating to picking up less and less often. The fee for this is I
believe $40.00 per month and we then go to one of three
pharmacies who dispense methadone. I am even luckier, as I'm
on disability so my "extended medical" covers that $40 fee.
My pharmacist once told me that the actual price of the
methadone is approximately 10¢ per ml, so if a person was
taking 80 mls a day, the actual price would be $8.00. This tells
me that the $40 fee is just a token amount that makes sure
people are somewhat sincere about what they're trying to do.
IMO, the situation in Knoxville seems extremely inhumane and
mercenary and tells me that whoever is making the rules there is
coming from an obvious judgment and punishment stance.
Perhaps if everyone left and switched to another clinic, they
might get a message!