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Methadone

Methadone is one of a number of synthetic opiates (also called opioids) that are manufactured for medical use and have similar effects to heroin. Methadone and Subutex (Buprenorphine) are used as opiate substitutes for heroin in the treatment of heroin addiction.

Slang: Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Mixture, meth, linctus, physeptone.

The Risks

• Some people are sick the first time they take it and they can become constipated.
• With high doses, the sedation dominates and users feel sleepy. Too much and you can fall into a coma or stop breathing completely.
• Many women don't have periods when they use opiates regularly. If they cut down, or stop, the periods may return. There's a good chance of getting preganant during this time if they don't use contraception.
• Opiates may possibly increase the risk of miscarriage and still births and opiate users may give birth to smaller babies. It's not a good idea to stop using opiates suddenly if you're pregnant as this can cause premature labour and miscarriage. Methadone may be continued throughout pregnancy to minimize such risk.
• Your driving licence is invalid on a methadone treatment programme unless agreed by the DVLA following receipt of supportive medical advice.

 

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