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Suboxone, considered by many to be the newest weapon in the arsenal against opiate addiction, has actually been used for some time in the United States and Europe to help addicts curb their cravings and stave off the acute withdrawal symptoms associated with narcotic abuse. It is now being offered to patients at methadone clinics as an alternative to methadone, for those who qualify. What is suboxone? Suboxone is an opioid which is used to treat addiction to other opioids, including oxycontin, heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone and other opiates. No matter how the addict has been using their narcotic of choice ...

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Oxycontin, heroin, fentanyl, and other opiates like oxycodone, are painkillers known as opioids. Highly addictive, these drugs are prescribed to help people deal with pain, but they are commonly abused due to their habit-forming nature and the euphoric high produced when taken recreationally. This makes these opiate drugs, which are derived from the poppy plant or made synthetically, quite dangerous because as addicts become accustomed to their effects, more and more of the drug is required to produce the same effect. As tolerance and the quantity consumed increases, so does the risk of abuse and long-term dependence. Dependence vs. Addiction ...

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Methadone is prescribed for two main reasons: for pain relief, and for the treatment of opioid dependence. The methadone maintenance program in Ontario is administered by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The purpose of the program is to improve the quality and accessibility of methadone maintenance treatment in Ontario, because methadone itself has already been recognized as an effective tool in the fight against opiate addiction. In conjunction with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Ontario College of Pharmacists, the College conducts outreach ...

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Can fentanyl addiction and heroin addiction be treated by a methadone program?   Most people are familiar with heroin, the powerful street drug derived from the opium poppy, even if they have never tried the drug and don’t personally know anyone who has. It is commonly injected, smoked or snorted for its euphoric and sedating effects; you probably already know that as the user develops a tolerance for heroin, ever-greater amounts are needed to achieve a high or even to stave off serious withdrawal symptoms. Famous celebrities such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, River Phoenix and Janis Joplin have died of ...

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Is the methadone program simply switching one drug addiction for another? Methadone is considered a Class II drug, which means it has the highest possible likeliness for abuse and dependence. Methadone shares this dubious distinction with such substances as morphine, fentanyl and Oxycodone – drugs which are legal by prescription, but which are also sold on the street and abused for the high they produce. Therefore, it’s only natural that some people would wonder whether taking methadone to ease the withdrawal symptoms from other opiates is something like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Isn’t the ...

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