This Advisory presents current information on the increase in deaths related to methadone, particularly in combination with other substances or some medications. The Advisory stresses that methadone is effective and safe in the treatment of opioid addiction and chronic pain when it is used appropriately. Other information includes the extent of the problem, the risks associated with methadone use, and the need to identify potential dangers and take action to prevent harm to patients who use methadone for addiction treatment and for managing chronic pain.
Date Added: 6/15/09
Inventory #: SMA09-4368