Methadone, the drug most often prescribed to help withdrawal off of opiates, such as heroin is becoming more harmful than helpful. Methadone is used as an analgesic and maintenance anti-addictive medication for patients with opiate dependency. It was believed this drug was the cure for opiate withdrawals, while also freeing people from their addictions. The problem with methadone is this prescription drug itself is addictive, and the withdrawal symptoms are known to be just as bad, if not worse, than heroin. Detoxing off of methadone in many cases can take longer than opiates. Studies are now showing that methadone is contributing for over 4,000 deaths a year, just by overdose. Prescribing drugs to get off of drugs is having a devastating negative effect. Methadone abuse is a very real problem, and we see many people entering rehabilitation facilities for this prescription drug on a daily basis. Studies have confirmed that Methadone has made the top 5 list for most dangerous drugs. There are programs out there now that recognize the devastating effects of methadone abuse, and do not even see it as a treatment option for opiates. We need to support programs such as these. Replacing one drug with another is not a good solution, when your goal is to get your life together, and be drug free. The best solution is to truly be drug free. If you have and questions or would like more information please feel free to call 1-800-824-0448.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate that is legal only with a prescription. Its trade names include Actiq, Fentora, and Sublimaze. Fentanyl is in the same risk class as other drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone, which is Schedule 2. Its effects are similar, but more powerful, than morphine. This means that there is a high potential for abuse by people who take the drug. The street names for this drug include apache, china white, and goodfella. Some of the possible side effects can include:
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory problems
- Skin irritation and rashes
In addition to this, combining fentanyl with any other narcotic or depressant can increase the risks of overdose immensely. Sometimes, heroin is cut with fentanyl to increase its potency. This has resulted in numerous deaths by intravenous drug users. Fentanyl abuse is very dangerous. Oftentimes, a person does not realize that he or she has passed the threshold of overdose. This can cause unconsciousness, shallow breathing, inability to move, coma, and death. While there is a misconception that prescription drugs are safer than illegal ones, this is just not the case. The purpose of prescribing a person fentanyl is to help manage severe pain such as torn spinal disks, as well as the pain that goes along with surgery. To accomplish this, a very strong pain reliever is needed. Along with pain relief comes the inevitable side effects. This cannot be avoided by any means.
Many people who use drugs such as fentanyl frequently become addicted to it. After a person has used it for a length of time and then stops suddenly, the person will go into a state of withdrawal. This state has an entirely different set of symptoms, all of which are unpleasant. These can include insomnia, severe aches and pains, and depression. Methadone is often touted as a solution to an opiate addiction, but methadone addiction has the same pitfalls as any other opiate addiction. Dependence is common, the cost is both monetarily and physically high, and recovery is not easy. For assistance finding treatment for methadone addiction, as well as fentanyl or any other drug, please call (800) 468-6933.
While the original purpose of Methadone is to stop a drug addiction, studies show that is simply not the common result. Most of the places that distribute methadone are for profit in nature. By this very nature, this is not a good thing. Why would a group that makes more money by keeping someone on something stop, especially when the goal of the company is to make as money as possible? Very few of the methadone clinics in operation are non-profit, and the market for methadone is very good from a financial standpoint. With prescription painkiller abuse on the rise, methadone use will rise as well. Many people cannot afford heroin or oxycodone indefinitely, and the easiest thing to do is to transition to methadone. It is legal, easy to obtain, cheap, and is itself a painkiller. Some doctors are finding that it is just as addictive as the drugs that methadone is supposed to get a person off of.
I have worked at a drug rehabilitation facility for the last three years, and I must agree. I have seen hundreds of people detox off of all types of opiates including methadone, heroin, and all types of prescription painkillers. Many of those who come to get rehab for methadone have a much longer period of withdrawal than those on heroin. Withdrawal is the period where the body deals with losing the chemical that it is addicted to. It is often very painful, and can include insomnia, aches, pains, and nausea. A methadone withdrawal can last up to and over a month, whereas other narcotics average a few days to more than a week. Methadone treatment is the same as for any other narcotic painkiller, except that methadone is supposed to do that itself. I must agree with doctors though. For assistance finding rehab for methadone, please call (800) 468-6933. A referral counselor can look through hundreds of different options to find a good choice for you or your loved one.
The state of Maine is currently footing the bill for over 3,100 of its resident’s methadone every day. The state is spending $16 million a year for the cost of the drugs, as well as transporting people to get the drugs. Maine currently has a population of just over 1.3 million residents, and the median household income is less than the national average. This large cost will soon have a cap put on it in the form of a limit on how long a person can get free methadone. The recently passed state budget puts a lifetime limit of 24 months for the amount of time a person can receive their methadone at the cost of the state. I believe that this is a positive step. I have worked with numerous addicts of opiates and methadone. What I have seen in the course of the last three years is that no matter how bad it is for someone to kick heroin or oxycodone, methadone is much worse. To support this practice with tax dollars is the same as condoning drug use.
Methadone is an opiate, as is heroin, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Its effects are not as strong of something heroin, but there is a high involved. It is a synthetic drug, which means that it is created totally in a laboratory setting. Every synthetic drug I have encountered has effects quite different from a naturally derived drug. Methadone will actually get into a person’s bones, which means that the time period to pass the drug from the body is markedly increased. Many of the people who start to take methadone do it to get off of a harder drug, but the effects are only worse. The only assured way to stop a drug addiction is to stop ALL drugs. The majority of people who decide to stop methadone will eventually need to enter a drug treatment program. Methadone treatment, to be effective, must do more than work on the person’s mind. With the drug trapped in the bones and tissues, a thorough cleansing of the drug residues from the body is needed. This is called the biophysical approach to methadone treatment. To find out more about the biophysical approach to methadone treatment, please call (888) 824-0448.
Methadone has been around for a long time, and it was first used commercially in 1947. It was intended to help people who were addicted to Heroin, and be able to stop their dependence on it. While the goal was noble, there are huge risks associated with it.
Many times, people who get on a Methadone regimen to stop their addiction to either illegal opiates or prescription narcotics will end up addicted to the drug that got them off of their original drug. In addition, the withdrawal symptoms associated with Methadone are generally more severe than those of Heroin or Oxycodone. This drug actually can get into a person’s bones, and can literally cause weeks of discomfort.
Suboxone and Subutex are much more recent developments, both receiving FDA approval in 2002. Both of these drugs contain Buprenorphine. This drug is an opiate, but the effects are much less than that of the more commonly abused opiates. This makes the chances of addiction less likely, but does not negate them entirely. Suboxone contains an additional ingredient to dissuade abuse of it by intravenous injection. Both of these drugs have the same purpose as Methadone, which is to get people off of Heroin and other powerful opiates. These drugs still act as a substitute for another drug, which is not a logical way to solve a problem to me.
Methadone, Subutex, and Suboxone are not the right answer to an opiate addiction. The real solution to and addiction is, for many people, a Methadone abuse rehab. Some people are able to kick a bad habit on their own, but drugs are often not that easy to quit. The human mind is changed, and only time and a lot of work will fix the problem. If anyone that you know or yourself needs help finding a rehab for methadone abuse, please call (888) 824-0448.
Earlier this month, the American Medical Association published a study online that stated that the number of infants with opiate withdrawal symptoms have tripled in the past decade. In the year 2000, around one in 1,000 infants had these symptoms, but in 2009, that number had risen to three in 1,000. This is bad sign, and something needs to be done about it. The infants in question have slowed breathing, inability to sleep, and problems eating. There are often developmental problems as well, and the long-term problems with the child are still being learned. The total cost of this went from $190 million in 2000 to $720 million in 2009. These are costs that are often left for the state to pick up, losing a lot of money. To read this article in full, go to www.pharmacytimes.com.
The opiate problem all around the world is getting worse. With this many babies being born addicted, what does that infer about these mothers’ addiction? Any drug addiction must be very powerful to overcome a mother’s instinct to protect their child. This is just a testimony to the dangers of these drugs. Opiates are a class of drugs that are also known as “painkillers”. They include, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Morphine, and Methadone. All of the drugs just listed are available from doctors, and are not just street drugs. Many of them are also sold on the street however, and they are all very addictive.
The addictiveness of these drugs cannot be overstated. Some people are hooked shortly after taking the drug for a legitimate purpose. They are becoming more and more popular with teenagers, whose likelihood of addiction is even higher than normal. Many of the people who become addicted to opiates will be forced to seek professional treatment to get off of the drugs. If you or someone that you know is looking for methadone treatment, please call (888) 824-0448.