Hitler’s Choice: Methadone Treatment for Opiate Addiction

by Dr. Andre Waismann



Why does it take so long for some changes to take place, while other changes will happen at the blink of an eye?

Could you consider treating your heart condition with the knowledge and technology of 1952?

Would you consent to surgery in an operation room from 1966?

What about being treated with a substance developed by the Hitler regime in 1939?

If all the research made since has proven Methadone to be a viable option in treating opiate dependency, why doesn’t the scientific community give credits to the ones who were involved on the development of it? Should we honor Hitler for having sponsored the development of a substance that is being used to “treat” hundreds of thousands of people, to this day?

How much money has the world spent on research of opiate dependency over the last 50 years? All that, to reach a conclusion that Hitler brought the best treatment option accepted and highly promoted by most “modern” countries of the western world?

How come the side effects of this specific drug are not taken into consideration when a patient is “convinced” of this “treatment”? How come those people who are promoting and marketing Methadone “treatment,” are not also questioning the mortality rate of patients under its prescription?

I am working in the field of opiate dependency for over 20 years.

I am applying tools available of modern medicine to treat an illness.

No mortality, no important side effects.

To most patients, this means the end of the illness.

Sound too good to be true?

Maybe, but when I am working in a field that has not brought any important improvement since Hitler; when the other treatment alternatives are using tools which are 60 years old; you don’t need to work too hard to come up with something considered “too good to be true.”

Please consider everything I’ve said when realizing, methadone treatment for opiate addiction is not a viable option. 

  • Steven Mcfarlane

    methadone for addicts is more for societys sake in regards crime reduction maybe.theres nothing good about drs keeping a patient on this stuff for 20 or more years as theres still no such thing as an old junkie!!!!!

  • Tommy Thielemans

    This is a pretty tendentious article, in my opinion. Methadone was indeed discovered in Germany in the late ’30’s, but simply by a couple of scientists working for the German conglomerate IG Farben, who were researching synthetic analgesics. It had nothing to do with Hitler and wasn’t even actually used back then. It was first manufactured by Mallinckrodt in the US well after the war. Methadone is simply a potent, very long-acting and efficient opioid analgesic, which can be a life saver for some (pain patients, addicts who need to get stabilized but are not ready for detox yet, IV users who need to get off the needle, …) as well as a curse for others (withdrawals are typically very painful, since the substance is so long-acting and strong, which is why it is completely stupid to give it to addicts with a ‘moderate’ habit as a matter of course). That said, I do believe very strongly that this kind of discussion should be held on a rational and factual basis, not by demonizing one or other substance by associations with the holocaust and Nazi cruelty, or by stigmatizing methadone users (I’m sorry to say there ARE definitely ‘old junkies’ and others who maintain relatively productive lives on methadone). A doctor and man of science, in particular, should be above that, as far as I’m concerned… for some, a drug-free lifestyle only becomes possible once they GET A LIFE in the first place, one that addresses their issues and includes healthy sources of satisfaction besides getting high – methadone can provide the breathing space to do just that, in some cases. Ultra-rapid detox, despite all claims to the contrary, is a huge shock for the organism that often leaves people in a mess, and does absolutely nothing to address underlying issues other than tolerance and the purely physical part of addiction.

    • Kenneth Letterman

      “Often leaves people in a mess” is not clear enough. How often? What kind of a mess? Does methadone itself address the underlying issues? It does nothing of the sort. Besides, the underlying issues might have been merely experimenting a new sensation at a party or the desire to be like one’s friends and not the suposedly deep, dark problems of a mentally illness or emotional problems. Two or three times of reckless experimention is often enough to hook a person for life. There are no more underlying problems than a person has who wishes to risk his like climbing a mountain or jumping out of a plane in a parachute. Are these desires considered to be “underlying problems”|? Hardly. No one would say these desires represent a problem. Young people who become addicts start the habit as a simple lark at a party. Drugs are handed out at parties as if they were party favors or the night’s entertainment. The addiction then brings on the odd behaviors. Even smoking pot can activate genes for mental illness in some people. These are the drugs that society wishes to legalize, but a rapid detox no? Go figure.

      • Dani Gravelle

        As A matter of FACT Rapid detox often more times then not leads to re-use or worse…I know. I’m on the Methadone program and have been for three years now. I’m a father of 3 and am expecting my last and forth addition to our beautiful family. none of this would have been possible if it were not for getting on the program, I do however quite dislike how it has been abused as an quick fix type of medicine by those not yet serious enough to end their addiction, or to partner up other addiction fighting therapy such as counselling N.A, A.A and countless programs which one could facilitate in union with the program to better ensure success in their fight against addiction.
        As far as parties being responsible for hooking people. that’s not always how addiction sets in… I’d say people are the ones responsible whom one tends to choose as a friend is one whom one become like. The way this program helped me was first it took away my search for the drug so i could get rid of the relations to the people, places and things associated with the distribution of the it. Then with the searching and people out of the way I could now focus on rehabilitation.(strengthening family ties, working out, learning new ways to live productively,etc..)
        once I got my own living and life under “MY” control I am now tapering off the meds slowly as to not shock my system. And will be not only drug free very soon, but am also no longer a drinker, smoker of cigerettes and am an loving father and have gotten married. please do more reserch yourself before summing up us “OLD JUNKIES.”

        Thanks, drugfreeandPROUD.

    • Mary Kennedy

      Wrong…I will enjoy knowing you typed this uneducated nonsense. Read Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany and History of the World by John Roberts. Take the time to study Timmy or whatever your name is.

  • Erik

    This “Dr.” just presented a lot of fallacies and long reaches…Tommy below is correct. Just because I assume by your name you are Jewish and obviously have hatred towards Nazi Germany in WWII DOES NOT mean you can present false information to people today about a maintenance medication that SAVED hundreds of lives of SERIOUS recovering addicts.

    • Denis Ivanov

      Actually NN at the end of family name is pure german, one N is jewish, but now at any country anyone can change family name whatever he wants))

    • Just because someone is calling out these truths doesn’t mean they’re Jewish. I’m German and a Christian and I know about it and have spoken out about this in the past.

  • Kenneth Anderson

    You must really hate aspirin then!!

  • Nikk

    It has really helped me in several ways and drastically improved my quality of life. Like any drug, it is not to be abused. Abuse of this drug has consequences, some of which were covered in this article. These aren’t typical of normal prescribed usage, so it doesn’t justify deeming this a non-viable option.