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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Methadone Answers Prescription Opiate Question

Methadone has long been a controversial prescription drug typically used on people who are addicted to heroin as a way to fight the strong cravings associated with the drug. There are a number of people who have been able to cut heroin out of their life completely with the help of methadone despite methadone clinics negative reception in communities. Methadone has never been considered a cure to heroin addiction; rather, it is a part of a maintenance program that has no time limit. Typical maintenance programs work to gradually step one down off of methadone so that one day they can be completely drug free, but, the reality is that many patients are dosed with methadone for many years.

Today, heroin is not in the spotlight the way that prescription drug abuse has become with more people abusing prescription narcotics than any other drug. Opiate addiction is becoming quite common due o the relative ease in finding a channel to the medicines. Methadone has become popular in Florida as a tool to fight against prescription drug abuse. A state review conducted last year determined that more methadone clinics and satellite offices will be needed to meet the demands of the growing number of prescription drugs addicts. An estimated 85 percent of methadone patients today are addicted to painkillers according to counselors and administrators at Operation PAR (Parental Awareness and Responsibility) in North Fort Myers, FL, a methadone-replacement treatment center as reported in the News-Press. Eileen Ball, Program Director at PAR’s clinic in Lee County, told the newspaper, “Every time they close down a ‘pill mill,’ the clinic traffic goes up.”

A person using methadone will become dependent on it, but, it allows them to remove illicit drugs from their life without suffering from withdrawal sickness. Treatment usually runs $84 to $140 a week, depending on the dose. Medicaid covers the cost. It is interesting how prescription drugs would be the answer to prescription drug addiction...

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