Methadone overdose is the leading cause of drug deaths in my neck of the woods. Good enough article - but I wish it had covered the basics of what not to do with the drug. Like taking two doses at once, or failing to realize that the stuff lasts a really long time in the body - setting the stage for mutual-potentiation with a whole host of other substances. Including alcohol and benzodiazepines.
Yeah, I wonder how much information and education the doctor's are actually giving to the patients they're prescribing methadone to. To prescribe something such as this, at the bare minimum you need to thoroughly educate the people who are going to be using it.
Dr in SWIM area are very cautious with this stuff. SWIMs mother was in a car accident 8 years ago and has been on big hitters like Morphine and Oxy for years, though they all eventually lost their power. Methadone is the newest one being used and has been in use by her for about a year. Shes is almsot always still in terrible pain where it is hard to move, but sadly local Drs are not willing to really try to help. Anyway point is, at least from what i have seen Drs are just as cautious as ever, but that does not mean people will not take the stuff wrong.
Simply because they use it as a last resort, or don't like prescribing it, does not mean they're being cautious with the distribution.
People being prescribed this for pain are more likely than not going to take it as prescribed. They're not trying to get high so if the doctor tells them it's dangerous, it would seem they'd be more inclined to take heed.
The lack of this precaution tells me that either A) There needs to be better education when methadone is prescribed for pain or B) There needs to be a better system of limiting misuse.
This was in yesterday's Orlando Sentinel, the same article.
How does using it as a last resort or limiting use not mean they are being cautious? That is almost the exact definition of the word. People OD, just way it is and is their stupidity. Sadly in this nation a users mistakes means a lawsuit for a Dr which in turn means the few who may not OD end up getting screwed also. I fully understand why Drs need to limit the distribution of this drug, but that limiting is being cautious no matter how you swing it.
one of my best freinds just recently died from mixing cocaine and methadone, he was only 19 and he had 3 or 4, 5 mg pills. they are nasty little buggers. so id watch out for them
Someone died from 20mg methadone and cocaine? They must have had a HELL of a lot of cocaine. Swim mixes drugs and has a very low tolerance for everything, but still manages to not die.
Swim really does not feel pity for people who die from mixing drugs or not being cautious with drugs. The dangers are clearly outlined everywhere in medicinal and recreational drug literature. Especially with the internet today, there is NO excuse when all it takes is 1-2 minutes for instant information. Too many people just pop anything someone will hand them, and never do research and ask questions.
Swim knows several people personally who died from Alprazolam (Xanax)/Alcohol combos and Hydrocodone/Oxycodone and Alprazolam combos. Swim does not pity them. When they died, everyone around them just stopped touching pills or was afraid of dying now. As long as you don't overdo it, you will be fine. Swim knew someone who would go out and party, doing large amounts of alprazolam 2mg bars and alcohol. He would hiccup for a day or two nonstop after his partying. Swim told him he was pretty much dead if he did not stop.
Swim researches stuff for a least a few solid weeks before attempting new territory.
Swim is 19. All Swim can say about when some kid happens to die from snorting 2 OC80's and eating 5 Xanax 2mg bars, on top of a few beers, is "What a waste...of drugs, that is."
Swim will never understand unsafe drug users.
I was just prescribed Methadone, 5mg tabs. I've been on Subutex for about a year for chronic pain, but I'm undergoing chemo and radiation right now for cancer so my oncologist prescribed the Methadone because he said I'll be needing it. I took half a tab yesterday and didn't really feel it, although it did kill my pain. I expected to feel that opiate high that I don't get with Subutex. I'm afraid to take a whole tab, even though he prescribed 1-2 tabs every 12 hours. I just got them yesterday. I started today with the Subutex again, but I'm going to switch to the Methadone one day soon, probably when I start to get the intense pain my doctor anticipates. Just checking in.