Methadone - Cheap, Addictive and Deadly

Methadone - Cheap, Addictive and Deadly

Novus Medical Detox Facility of Pasco County, Florida Director warned that increasing use of Methadone for long term pain management may be the cause of the increase in Methadone fatalities. “Methadone has long been used as a substitute addiction for heroin and morphine addicts. But its low cost, long lasting effect and its alleged lack of a ‘high’ have made it a common pain management prescription.” the Director said. “Unfortunately it is extremely addictive and susceptible to overdose. Methadone detox is an important step to becoming safe and drug free.”

An FDA advisory in 2006 warned that, “Methadone can cause slow or shallow breathing and dangerous changes in heart beat that may not be felt by the patient.”

The problem starts with the chemistry of the drug itself. Methadone, unlike other opioid painkillers, stays in the bloodstream long after pain relief has worn off. With the pain back, patients may assume the drug has worn off and take more. Methadone also metabolizes more slowly. Pain relief can take a while, so patients might take more. Both errors can lead to overdose, coma, respiratory failure, and death.

“Methadone addiction is a common reason people come to our clinic for medical detox. Most have no idea how deadly Methadone can be.” the Director said.

Medical drug detox is often a necessary step in dealing with addiction, abuse or dependence. While many medical detox programs take place in a hospital, Novus Medical Detox Center specializes in handling drug dependencies in a private setting that is stress-free, comfortable and safe. The facility, set on 3.2 wooded acres 45 minutes north of Tampa, FL, offers private or comfortable shared rooms, TV and high speed internet access. Detoxification programs at Novus provide detox services for people wishing to withdraw from drugs including methadone detox, opiate detox, heroin detox, psychotropic detox, alcohol detox, benzodiazepine detox and prescription drug detox. They can be reached at .

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