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Methadone Danger

March 12th, 2009 · No Comments

For many years, methadone has been used in the treatment of opioid addiction. Taken orally, it suppresses withdrawal and reduces cravings.

In recent years, doctors have prescribed methadone more frequently as an effective treatment for acute, chronic and cancer pain. Use of the drug for pain treatment rose 1,300 percent between 1997 and 2006.

As more methadone was prescribed, however, adverse events increased by approximately 1,800 percent, and fatalities were up more than 400 percent (from 786 to 3,849) between the years 1999 and 2004.

A recent report in the March issue of the journal Anesthesiology and online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence states:
. . . guidelines used by clinicians to direct methadone therapy may be incorrect.”

For more info check the source below:
Source: Washington University School of Medicine. “Safer Methadone Use For Treatment Of Pain And Addiction.” ScienceDaily 8 March 2009. 12 March 2009 http://www.sciencedaily.comĀ­ /releases/2009/03/090303102736.htm

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