Methadone Advisory

Physicians have prescribed methadone, a synthetic, long-acting opioid, for more than 40 years in the treatment of opioid addiction. “Emerging Issues in the Use of Methadone,” Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory, Volume 8, Issue 1, presents information on the increase in deaths related to methadone, particularly in combination with other drugs or substances. Written for physicians, this Advisory stresses that methadone is effective and safe in the treatment of opioid addiction and chronic pain when it is used appropriately.

Date Added: 10/01/09

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