About Methadone:


Methadone, today's mainstay of treatment for opioid addiction, was originally synthesized in Germany, in 1937, after the Allies cut off their supplies of imported opium. It was developed as a morphine substitute for pain relief purposes.
It was first used as a long-acting painkiller for severe chronic pain. It was not until about 1950 that it was first used to treat the withdrawal symptoms in addicts being taken off heroin or morphine.

You can find a wealth of information in this section about methadone and its properties by using the bottons to the left.  To read about the use of methadone for the long term treatment of opioid addiction, you can visit: "Methadone Maintenance Treatment".