Episode 9: Change Intolerance Part 2

Garth’s collection of “old school” methadone bottles. (Photo: Garth Mullins)

Crackdown investigates the relationship between the BC government and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Many people on methadone complain that Methadose® “doesn’t have legs.” Why hasn’t the government provided them with a more effective option?

A full transcript of this episode is available here.

This episode follows Episode 2: Change Intolerance.

More information on methadone formulation treatment options in BC is available here, from the BC Centre on Substance Use.

Crackdown and BCAPOM Demands

(1) We demand access to the old methadone formulation immediately. Give us medication that works for us, whether that is methadone, Metadol-D, Suboxone, slow release oral morphine, injectable Dilaudid, or prescription heroin.

(2) We demand to have a say in policy decisions about our lives. Nothing about us without us.

(3) We demand an apology from Mallinckrodt, the BC Ministry of Health, and the BC College of Pharmacists.

(4) We demand a formal investigation to determine why Methadose® failed.

Works Cited

Additional Suggested Reading


Crackdown is produced on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh Nations.

Special shout out this month to Zoe Dodd for showing us all how to most effectively interrupt a minister while they’re giving a speech.

Crackdown’s Editorial Board is:

Samona Marsh, Shelda Kastor, Greg Fess, Jeff Louden, Dean Wilson, Dave Murray, Al Fowler, Laura Shaver, and Chereece Keewatin. RIP Chereece.

Crackdown is produced by Sam Fenn, Lisa Hale, and Alexander Kim.

Our science advisor is Ryan McNeil.

I’m Garth Mullins, host, writer and executive producer.

You can follow me on twitter @garthmullins.

Original score written and performed by Sam Fenn, Jay Heen, Kai Paulson, James Ash and me. Our theme song was written by me and Sam with accompaniment from Dave Gens and Ben Appenheimer.

We get funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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