Roosevelt Banister has his hands full. As program director for New Age Services Corp., a methadone provider on Chicago’s West Side, he practically has heroin addicts banging down his door for treatment.
Without methadone, addicts trying to wean themselves off heroin, a derivative of opium, suffer sweating, aching, cramps, and runny noses and eyes. Essentially, they can’t function normally. The synthetic opiate eliminates such symptoms.