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Emerging Issues in the Use of Methadone!!!

Emerging Issues in the Use of Methadone!!!

  1. Spucky
    This Advisory presents information on the increase in deaths related to methadone, particularly in combination with other drugs or substances, but stresses that methadone is effective and safe in the treatment of opioid addiction and chronic pain when it is used appropriately. In light of the rise in fatalities associated with the use of methadone, it is important to explore the extent of the problem and the risks associated with methadone use and to identify potential dangers and take action to prevent harm to patients who use methadone for addiction treatment and in managing chronic pain.1 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) convened a national assessment conference in 2003 to examine factors behind the increase in methadone-related deaths. A reassessment meeting was convened in July 2007.2 The meeting reports, background papers, and other information are available at http://www.dpt.samhsa. gov/medications/methadone.aspx.