What is it?
Methadone is a prescription narcotic used in the treatment of
opiate addiction. Methadone blocks the euphoric effects of heroin,
reduces craving and suppresses withdrawal effects for more than 24
hours. Methadone is sometimes diverted from its legitimate use,
sold on the illegal market, and used as a drug of abuse.
Juice, green, amidone, chocolate chip cookies (methadone or heroin
combined with MDMA), fizzies, street methadone and wafer.
How is it used?
Methadone is available as a tablet, as an oral solution, or as an
Side Effects of usage:
Side effects of methadone are sweating, sedation, constipation, and
weight gain. After regular usage these side effects usually
How long do the effects last?
Methadone is typically administered on a daily basis under the
supervision of a Methadone Clinic and its effects last for 24-36
hours. However, individuals are now abusing Methadone rather then
using it as a means of recovery from Heroin.
Effects of withdrawal:
When a dependent user stops taking the drug they may experience
withdrawal symptoms including muscle tremors, nausea, diarrhea,
vomiting, abdominal cramps, sweating, and runny nose.
Individuals who abuse methadone risk becoming tolerant of and
physically dependent on the drug. Methadone does not produce the
euphoric rush associated with other narcotics so there is the
potential for users to consume dangerously large quantities of
methadone in a vain attempt to attain the desired narcotic rush.
Methadone overdoses are associated with severe respiratory
depressions, decreases in heart rate and blood pressure, coma, and
Effects of prolonged usage:
Methadone has been proven to be clinically safe when prescribed and
administered under medical supervision.
Usage by youth:
Nearly 1% of high school seniors in the U.S. reported abusing
methadone at least once in their lifetime.
The increasing availability of illegal methadone has created new
experimentation with the drug. Most common is combining methadone
with other drugs such as ecstasy.
*Information provided by Dr. Barbara
A. Krantz, Chief Medical Officer at the Hanley Center
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