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It was discovered that methadone does not create the same level of intense high as that of heroin, making it somewhat less addictive. It can also remain in the body longer, approximately 24 hours.

  • Just like most opioids, methadone was originally developed for treating pain.
  • Physicians administer methadone to patients addicted to heroin to stop them from taking the intense opioid without going through intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms that naturally occur from withdrawing from heroin.
  • Although most addicted individuals have found this treatment helpful, methadone remains to be an opioid and using it can lead to addiction.

People who do not abuse opioid regularly and have not built an opioid tolerance are more susceptible to methadone addiction.

These individuals can experience a “methadone high” from using the drug, especially if they snort, smoke or inject the drug into their system. Methadone is commonly available in a tablet form that is often crushed for snorting and smoking or dissolved in a solution for injecting. All of these modes of administration come with its own dangers and risks as each of the methods creates a more intensified high compared to taking the drug orally. Also, the effects of the drug wear off much faster with these methods.

Methadone is sometimes prescribed for the treatment of chronic or severe pain.

Methadone is also used in therapy as an opioid agonist for detox and maintenance. The DEA reveals that methadone is available as an oral concentrate of 10 mg per ml, oral solution with 5 or 10 mg per ml, tablet in 5, 10 or 40 mg, powder with 50, 100 or 500 mg for prescription compounding and injection with 10 mg per ml.

Often, methadone is prescribed in a tablet form. In the United States, methadone tablets contain various ingredients including lactose monohydrate, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose. Because the powder and liquid forms are considered to be purer, it is highly likely that shooting methadone with these forms will increase.

Shooting methadone can create a rapid and intense high with an affinity to opioid receptors responsible for decreasing heart rate and breathing.

Even small doses of methadone shot into the body can lead to overdose and death from the previous day’s dose. There are also people that are more vulnerable to these effects due to poly-substance abuse or compromised health.

Another danger of this way of administration is the various chemicals clogging arteries and veins leading to arterial damages and bacterial infections. Among IV users, immunological, lung and heart diseases are seen along with multiple risks to many other organs or systems.

Also, communicable diseases like tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV, and AIDS are more rampant among populations of IV abusers as it takes only one dirty needle to change your life forever. It should be clear by now that you should never attempt to shoot methadone if you have any regard to keeping your life for the sake of the people whom you hold dear. Visit a Montana drug rehab center for more information.


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