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METHADONE THE FACTS

The word METHADONE sparks strong emotion is most people. Some praise it for its use in addiction treatment. Some curse it as a Government sponsored drug abuse program.

Methadone is a synthetic (man-made) narcotic. It is used legally to treat addiction to narcotics and to relieve severe pain, often in individuals who have cancer or terminal illnesses. Although methadone has been legally available in the United States since 1947, more recently it has emerged as a drug of abuse.

EFFECTS

Individuals who abuse methadone risk becoming tolerant of and physically dependent on the drug. When these individuals stop using the drug they may experience withdrawal symptoms including muscle tremors, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.

Overdosing on methadone poses an additional risk. In some instances, individuals who abuse other narcotics (such as heroin or OxyContin) turn to methadone because of its increasing availability. Methadone, however, does not produce the euphoric rush associated with those other drugs; thus, these users often consume dangerously large quantities of methadone in a vain attempt to attain the desired effect.

Methadone overdoses are associated with severe respiratory depression, decreases in heart rate and blood pressure, coma, and death. The Drug Abuse Warning Network reports that methadone was involved in 10,725 emergency department visits in 2001--a 37 percent increase from the previous year.

Most common side effects drowsiness: lightheadedness; weakness; euphoria; dry mouth; urinary retention; constipation; slow or troubled breathing Occasional side effects allergic reactions: skin rash, hives, itching; headache; dizziness; impaired concentration; sensation of drunkenness; confusion; depression; blurred or double vision; facial flushing; sweating; heart palpitation; nausea and vomiting Least common side effects anaphylactic reactions; hypotension causing weakness and fainting; disorientation; hallucinations; unstable gait; tremor; muscle twitching, kidney failure; seizures, drowsiness, confusion; tremors; convulsions, stupor leading to coma, cold and clammy skin, hypotension, bradycardia

STREET NAMES

Amidone
Chocolate chip cookies
(methadone or heroin combined with MDMA)
Fizzies
Street methadone
Wafer

Abusing methadone is illegal. Methadone is a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule II drugs, which include cocaine and methamphetamine, have a high potential for abuse. Abuse of these drugs may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

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 In a Times article it was reported that 1 out of 10 people, in the age group 20 to 35, are addicted to some type of drug or alcohol. Drug and alcohol abuse is seeing a rapid growth in the US and in Canada.

 

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