The very drug that abusers are being prescribed to kick the habit is also increasingly linked to overdose deaths in the United States.
According to a recent article, a branch of the Department of Health was cited as saying one in ten overdoses are from the use of methadone. Methadone is often one of the drugs given in drug rehabilitation centers to help addicts detox and is also used as a pain killer treatment.
Methadone is becoming one of the drugs that addicts covet and will steal to get, as well as a cause of additional health problems. So this begs the question, why is a drug that is now known to have such adverse reactions and has such addictive potential still a part of drug detox?
Could it be a case that the positives outweigh the negatives? With the number of overdose deaths on the rise due to drug overdose and the rise in substance abuse addictions, this treatment could provide the opportunity for an addict to detox off of a substance that has taken over his/her life.
There are no full-proof ways to kick a drug habit, but methadone has long been one of the treatments used as addicts are weaned off their addictive substance.
Methodone has been an important part of rehab treatment for some individuals. As treatment options continue to expand and are being developed, perhaps there will be new options for patients that won’t have the potential to be as addictive.