Addiction Help Is Available for Methadone, and the Sooner the Better
When it gets to the point where a county medical examiner says he would never let someone in his family take a specific prescription drug unless they were a heroin addict, you know you’re dealing with a dangerous drug. And that’s exactly what Hillsborough County, Florida, Medical Examiner, Vernard Adams, said about methadone. As methadone is involved in an increasing and alarming number of deaths, anyone taking methadone would be wise to get immediate help to get off the drug.
Florida is pretty much known as the prescription drug capitol of the U.S., and methadone is a big part of the problem. What’s even more alarming is that many of the methadone-related deaths occur when the drug is taken exactly as directed.
Doctors are prescribing methadone for pain more than ever due to the addictive properties of OxyContin and other prescription painkillers and their potential for abuse. Prior to this change, most of the people using methadone were heroin addicts taking methadone as a legal, but still highly addictive, substitute for heroin.
Now that methadone is becoming more a part of the mainstream as an illegal drug, AND is being given to addicts as a substitute for heroin, prescription painkillers and other narcotics, more and more people are getting addicted to it and looking for help.
One of the major problems with methadone as a street drug, as a painkiller, and as a legal substitute for heroin or other narcotics is that it is SO difficult for people to quit methadone that many drug rehab centers around the U.S. won’t even accept a methadone addict for treatment.
Believe me, getting off heroin is MUCH easier for the vast majority of addicts.
Methadone is a serious problem everywhere, but in Florida it’s especially bad because of the number of prescription drug addicts who then turn to heroin when they can no longer get their prescription drugs from their doctors (heroin is a fraction of the cost and easily accessible) and then when they try to get off heroin they often wind up at clinics that give them methadone instead.
It’s supposed to be for a short time while the person gets counseling for drug addiction, but most of those people stay on methadone for years. And they’re well and truly hooked.
Fortunately, there are some drug rehab facilities that can handle methadone addiction. If you or someone you know is taking methadone for any reason, give us a call. We can help find a facility that takes methadone addicts and will help them get off the drug. You could save their life.