Methadone is a synthetic opioid that is primarily prescribed as a long term replacement therapy for opioid dependence. While methadone used to be strictly administered at licensed methadone rehabilitation drug clinics and detox hospitals, within the last several years methadone is being prescribed in pill form for chronic pain. As such methadone can now be found on the street, and has quickly become a leading cause of accidental overdose in recreational drug users.
Due to the rise of diseases spread by sharing needles, many cities have government funded methadone clinics that offer free daily doses. The purpose of the clinic is so that nurses and doctors are available if an emergency arises and to prevent shared needles. But waiting lists to attend these clinics can be very long; in many cases several weeks or months. In the meantime those struggling with opioid dependency continue their opioid use because they don't believe they can stop.
There is much controversy regarding replacement therapy treatment like methadone. Many people fear that methadone is dangerous and data provided by SAMHSA shows an increase in accidental death from methadone overdose especially when combined with other opioid use. For more information you can check out a report at http://www.dpt.samhsa.gov/pdf/Methadone_Mortality_Data_2010.pdf. Due to methadone's time release make-up, people seeking a quick high may take a dose, not experience a high then take more and more. By the time they feel high, in some cases they have already taken too much. Chances of revival are much lower for methadone overdose than for other opiates due to the time release nature of the drug. If you suspect someone has overdosed on methadone, call 911 and get them emergency medical help immediately.
Warning signs of Methadone overdose include:
Replacement therapy medication such as methadone is the primary mode of treatment for opioid dependency with many drug treatment providers convincing their patients they must remain on methadone or another replacement therapy drug for many months or even years. Methadone prescriptions are being written liberally, with over 5 million given out alone in 2011. While methadone administered in a medical setting for detox purposes can help alleviate some symptoms of opioid withdrawal, it is not effective as a long term solution for opioid dependency. In essence it simply substitutes one drug for another and can lead to accidental overdose and death as most drug users go back to their original drugs of choice some while still taking methadone.
Once an individual is through the withdrawal symptoms that can occur from long term opioid use, which may last 4 - 14 days depending on the detox plan utilized, they must embark on the process of changing their habitual thoughts, identifying behaviors and characteristics they want to change and then build a plan to make lasting changes. Treatment programs that prescribe methadone as a long term solution tell people they are suffering from a lifelong disease called addiction from which they can never recover. This leaves people feeling helpless and hopeless; they believe they are powerless over opiates and that opiate relapse is an expected part of the recovery process. As a result rates of accidental overdose and death from combinations of opiate and methadone use continue to rise. There is a better way.
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