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A new kind of addict: Methadone clinics find new mission in fight against America’s pain pill problem

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Methadone clinics aren't just for heroin addicts anymore.

Every day, Americans hooked on painkillers are lining up for methadone, a synthetic version of morphine that gained acceptance in the 1960s as way to wean addicts off heroin. Now the drug has found a new mission in the fight against opioid-based prescription painkillers, the nation's fastest-growing drug problem.

"We treat mainstream America," said Ed Ohlinger, the regional director for 10 private, for-profit addiction treatment centers in the Southeast owned by CRC Health Group, including the Volunteer Treatment Center in Chattanooga.

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