Methadone: Sometimes Helpful, Sometimes Harmful
Did you know?
- Methadone was created in Germany during WWII as a painkiller substitute because morphine was scarce and originally called Dolophine.
- Liquid and pill form are equally effective in combatting addiction, but they contain different buffers that hold them together.
- When used in conjunction with depressants, methadone is dangerous. It can affect the central nervous system, especially placidyl, valium, and large amounts of alcohol.
Methadone is a synthetic substance with pharmacological properties similar to morphine and heroin. It can easily lead to addiction with long-term intake. Like heroin, methadone affects the central nervous system and creates copycat effects including an overall sense of well-being, drowsiness and euphoria. Methadone is often prescribed for patients with severe pain after serious injury or major surgery and has recently become popular in the treatment of narcotic addiction.
The effects of methadone can actually last longer than most morphine-based drugs, up to 24 hours. This allows for administration, typically once a day, and is of great benefit for heroin detoxification and maintenance situations. Unfortunately, the potential risk is that patients move from a heroine addiction to a methadone addiction. If not properly monitored, opiate variants that are used to assist in breaking the habit can easily lead to a painful and vicious circle of addiction.
Methadone Testing in the 10-Panel Test
The saliva collected from an absorbent device in the mouth is screened for the drug of abuse after samples are checked to verify the saliva is human and undiluted. Contact ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC today to schedule a confidential appointment.
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