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A-Z of Drugs

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Methadone

Also called                                                                                                                                      

Meth, linctus and physeptone

Methadone and the law

Methadone is a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.   It is only legal to possess if it has been prescribed to the user.

What is methadone?

Methadone is a manufactured chemical used to mimic the actions of opiates such as heroin.   It is prescribed to people to help reduce the risks of their illicit drug use.  

What does it look like?

It is usually prescribed as green syrup like cough mixture, but it also comes in liquid and tablet forms.  

How is it used?

Methadone is swallowed however it can be found in an injectable form.   Oral forms of methadone must never be injected.

What are the effects?

Methadone is a longer acting drug and can therefore usually be taken once a day without the user experiencing withdrawal symptoms.   The user experiences a sense of well-being and absence of stress.   It can cause constipation, sweating, itchy skin, small pupils.

Methadone causes not physical damage to the brain, liver, kidneys or bones and the psychological desire to take methadone is less than that of heroin.

What are the risks?

The risk of overdose is greatly increased if users take extra methadone, or mix it with other depressants such as tamazepasm or alcohol.   The physical withdrawal symptoms can be worse with methadone.

Is it addictive?

Physical and/or psychological dependence can occur, and withdrawal effects are possible if the medication is stopped suddenly.

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