Drug rehabilitation center warns of methadone shortage

The Organization Against Drugs (OKANA), which runs rehabilitation programs for people addicted to heroin and other narcotics, has warned that it is running dangerously low on methadone as members of its programs report that they are being given smaller doses of the substitute drug.

According to OKANA president Meni Malliori, the organization’s nine units in Athens and Thessaloniki only have adequate methadone for program members for another week.

In a circular sent to OKANA staff in charge of giving out methadone, the organization’s management has asked them to “make the best possible use of reserves and limit or interrupt doses where possible.”