Recovering drug addicts will be given an alternative pill to methadone in a new pilot project announced on Friday.  

Addressing a press conference, Family Minister Michael Falzon said the pill Buprenorphine will start to be given out instead of methadone. 

Patients will also be given more than one pill at a time, meaning they will no longer have to attend the clinic daily. 

He was speaking at the Substance Misuse Outpatient’s Unit at St Luke’s Hospital. 

Falzon said that around 750 patients receive methadone in Malta every day. 

Around 200 of these patients do so before work from around 7am. 

Falzon said that a society is judged based on how it treats those in need. 

"We are here to help, and not to judge these people," he said. 

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