When a person is feeling pain that is somewhere between average in intensity and very intense, an artificial opioid known as pill Methadone is used. It is basically used as a treatment for different opiate addictions with a special preference being made to heroin.
Methadone is habit-forming, even though it is usually used to minimize the desire to use opiates.
By law it is classified as a Schedule II drug i.e. legal but addictive. Other Schedule II drugs incorporate hydrocodone and morphine.
It interacts with the same brain receptors just like heroin and morphine as it helps manage the symptoms brought about the latter drugs.
Methadone is not a heavily controlled substance, as it is used to treat opiate dependency and minimise the desire to use opiates. This is rightly due to its addictive potential that can be easily abused by patients. Methadone shares the same pain-blocking effects with its co-opioids the heroin and morphine only at a lesser intensity. However many people depend on Methadone illicitly looking for a high.
It is widely regarded as misuse when Methadone is taken without a written authorization from a medical practitioner or the patient takes more than what has been authorized.
When an addict uses it to curb a drug habit they are at great risk of just switching from their initial addiction to Methadone addiction.
Methadone use often starts in good faith, to curb an addiction to other opiates. This is just an expected side-effect as any opium-based medical prescription.
Its ability to relieve pain is a major factor that leads many people to become dependent. Over a time people develop a resistance to the drug, a greater amount of the medication is required for a similar impact.
Other Drugs And Methadone
Methadone known as a depressant can cause adverse impact when it interacts with different other medications - particularly alcohol, which is likewise a depressant. It is a notable fact that alcoholism and Methadone use go together. The combination of these two substances pose a fatal effect to the person as it lowers blood pressure and causes hypoventilation (respiratory depression).
Methadone is best and most safely used alone. If you or someone you know is addicted to Methadone and any other substance you should be looking forward to getting help right away.
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Methadone Misuse Statistics
From 1999-2006 fatalities related to Methadone poisoning have increased from 790 to 5,420.
When it comes to killing pain, 750,000 prescriptions were handed out for Methadone in 2008.
People treated for opiate abuse increased from 28,235 to 36,265 in 2000-2001.
For every one in three deaths caused by opiate analgesics Methadone is responsible.
Fighting Your Methadone Addiction
Quitting Methadone can be a very hard thing to do, as it is the case with any other opiate. It does not create severe addictions like highly addictive heroin, still it causes huge withdrawal manifestations and thus its difficult to overcome all alone. Pick up your phone and contact us on 0800 772 3971 so we can help you on your road to recovery from Methadone abuse.