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Director Phil Norrgard of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Human Services Department tells a Minnesota House committee Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, that he sees a major problem with the drug methadone being used by people without prescriptions. Photo by - Don Davis/Forum Communications

Methadone may come under closer supervision

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Minnesota legislators likely will debate proposals next year to slap tighter supervision on the use of the potent drug methadone, used to treat pain and addictions to illegal drugs such as heroin.

However, key backers of the legislation say the Legislature should leave up to medical experts the controversial question of whether methadone ought to be prescribed.

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