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Methadone: Miracle or menace?

The opening of Lodi's first methadone clinic has ignited a passionate debate over a controversial drug. Many hail methadone as a blessing that allows addicts to regain a normal life. Critics say the clinic is too close to a middle school. And they contend that the growing availability of methadone only deepens America's dangerous and growing addiction to narcotics.

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Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012 12:00 am

When he found out there was a methadone clinic opening in Lodi, a 49-year-old man who says methadone helped him kick his decades-long heroin habit hoped he could start going there.

A local doctor openly questioned whether this clinic will actually help patients or if it is solely focused on making a profit.

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