Methadone Addiction Help-Line
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Methadone Facts

There is a great deal of controversy surrounding the use of methadone for the treatment of opiate addicts, a practice prevalent since the early 60s. Here we present you with the facts about methadone.

  • In blind trials, users who were given both drugs orally were unable to distinguish between the effects heroin and methadone.
  • Withdrawal from heroin should be over after seven to ten days. Withdrawal from methadone though, can take up to a month or even longer.
  • Many former heroin users have claimed that the horrors of heroin withdrawal were far less painful and difficult than withdrawal from methadone.
  • Methadone is a synthetic drug. It was first invented in Germany during the Second World War by scientists who, having discovered pethidine some years earlier, were developing other similar compounds.
  • The effects of methadone last longer than those of morphine-based drugs.
  • Methadone's effects can last up to 24 hours.
  • Deaths occur more frequently at the beginning of treatment in methadone programs; they are usually a cause of excessive doses (i.e. erroneously estimated tolerance).
  • Methadone generally entails the entire spectrum of opioid side effects, including the development of tolerance and physical and psychological dependence.
  • Individuals are as physically dependent on methadone as they were to heroin or other opiates, such as OxyContin or Vicodin.
  • The most common side effects of Methadone are: drowsiness; lightheadedness, weakness, euphoria, dry mouth, urinary retention, constipation, and slow or troubled breathing.
  • Ironically, methadone used to control narcotic addiction is frequently encountered on the illicit market and has been associated with a number of overdose deaths.
  • Methadone comes as tablets, dispersible tablets, liquid, and liquid concentrate.
  • Methadone is one of the most difficult drugs to detox from since its effects are long-lasting and it is readily stored in the body's tissue.
  • Today, an estimated 1 million Americans are addicted to heroin. About 120,000 people take methadone to control their heroin addiction. Their average age is 40.
  • About 20 percent of methadone patients continue the opiate-substitute treatment for more than 10 years.
  • Methadone restricts the production of saliva. Saliva protects your teeth from plaque, the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
  • Methadone patients are still addicts and that methadone therapy does not help addicts with their personal problems.
  • Some addicts find ways to resell their prescribed methadone on the street in order to buy heroin.
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  • As long as an individual is receiving methadone treatment they are still addicted to opioids.
  • Methadone was initially used as a painkiller by the Germans during World War II.
  • Methadone Maintenance is not a cure for heroin or opiate addiction.
  • Many former heroin users have claimed that the horrors of heroin withdrawal were far less painful and difficult than withdrawal from methadone.