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A Better Methadone Program?

Linda Courey

Last fall...Cape Breton's methadone program stopped accepting new clients.

The Cape Breton Health Authority is trying to clear up a backlog of people waiting for opiate treatment.

At the same time, an internal hospital memo says... workers at the clinics have been overwhelmed by the size of their caseloads.

The program has a high turnover of staff and... vacant positions are hard to fill.

Now, Addiction Services and Mental Health is trying to find a better way to run the methadone program.

Department Director Doctor Linda Courey says a new approach is about to be implemented.
She spoke with CBC's Joan Weeks earlier today.

Joan asked her, why they decided to take the drastic step of turning away new methadone clients.....

Listen audio (runs 6:31)