Phone/Fax: 212.595.NAMA (212-595-62620)
1. Don't write a long letter. A simple paragraph to say that it is important that the confidentiality remain as they currently are.
3. It does not have to be typed. A hand written letter on legal pad paper is fine and often better because it means that the/a average patient has taken the time to say how important the confidentiality regulations.
4. You do not have to sign your name. You can sign the letter as "A Patient" and below it enter a P.S. and say "I am afraid to sign my name because of the discrimination against methadone patients."
I understand that you are considering changing the confidentiality regulations for methadone treatment. It is important that the confidentiality regulations remain as they are and not be changed.
I am a methadone patient and I am concerned what could happen if my status as a methadone patient were known. I know that I would have trouble getting medical care because doctors always blame any medical problem on the methadone. Doctors and nurses don't understand methadone and they tell me to get off.
I am also concerned that employers and schools will be able to find out that I am a methadone patient if changes to the confidentiality regulations happen.
Please don't change the confidentiality regulations that has protected me and all patients from the discrimination against us.
* I am afraid to sign my name because of the discrimination against methadone patients.