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Methadone

 

What is methadone?

Methadone is one of a number of synthetic opiates that are manufactured for medical use and have similar effects to heroin and morphine.

Methadone is mainly used today as a substitute for heroin, in an attempt to relieve some of the problems associated with heroin addiction.

What does methadone look like?

Methadone that is prescribed is usually found as a syrup, though some types can come in tablet form.

How is methadone taken?

Methadone is usually prescribed as a liquid syrup which is swallowed, though it can come in an injectable form.

What are the immediate effects of taking methadone?

Methadone has a similar effect to that of opiates but not as intense. Methadone produces a mild sense of well-being, relaxation and detachment. Methadone also stops physical and psychological pain. The effects last longer than heroin and the sense of well-being can last for up to 24 hours.

Some people are sick when they take drugs like methadone for the first time. It can also cause a loss of sex drive and back pain.

What are the long-term effects of taking methadone?

Methadone doesn’t deliver the same degree of buzz as heroin but it is addictive and so when coming off the drug the dose will need to be slowly reduced. There can be some withdrawal symptoms but they are usually much less severe than what occurs when stopping heroin.

What class drug is methadone?

Methadone is a class A drug, it is only legal for a person to possess methadone if it has been prescribed for that individual. The maximum sentence for unlawful possession is 7 years imprisonment and a fine. The maximum sentence for supplying is life imprisonment and a fine.

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