Dr. William McKnelly oversees the Kansas City Metro Methadone Program. Regarding a recent spike in methadone deaths, McKnelly said the problem was not so much with treatment programs for heroin addicts as with medical doctors prescribing the synthetic narcotic for pain relief.
"Jenny" takes her dose of methadone last week at the Kansas University Medical Center's methadone clinic, which distributes the drug to its patients. Methadone is becoming linked to an increasing number of deaths
A bottle that once contained methadone rest in a pile at the Kansas University Medical Center methadone clinic in Kansas City, where patients get their dose of the drug produced by the medical center.