Opioid addicts enrolled in maintenance programs that replace drugs like heroin with drugs like methadone are 70 percent less likely to die than addicts who are not enrolled in those programs. They're also less likely to spread or contract HIV, and experts from the CDC to the Betty Ford Center agree that these programs save lives, improve quality of life, and should be considered equivalent to cold-turkey recovery. So why, asks Maia Szalavitz at The Knight Science Journalism Tracker, do so many news outlets report the opposite?

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