The prescription painkiller methadone, not to be confused with the drug used to treat opioid addiction, is one of the most commonly misused and abused drugs in Ohio. Prescription drug abuse in Ohio has led to an epidemic of accident drug overdoses, with methadone, alprazolam, oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, and fentanyl at the top of list.
Unintentional overdoses involving methadone in Ohio increased from 14 deaths (3%) in 2000 to 144 deaths (14%) in 2005. In 2010, methadone was involved in 10% (155 deaths) of all fatal drug overdoses in Ohio. In certain areas of the state, the trend was even more pronounced. In Montgomery County, for example, methadone was involved in 41 of 127 overdoses in 2010 and 43 of 130 overdoses in 2011, nearly one-third of all unintentional overdoses. Officials say this is because more methadone is prescribed in the county than in other parts of the state.
The dramatic increase in the amount of methadone prescribed since the late 1990s has contributed significantly to the spike in unintentional overdoses. The cumulative retail distribution of methadone in Ohio increased more than 800 percent - from 39 kg in 2000 to 383 kg in 2010. This amounts to approximately 40 methadone overdoses per 100 kg distributed in 2010. The relatively cheap cost of methadone has also contributed to the trend. A month's prescription of methadone can cost less than $20, compared to OxyContin and other brand name opioids that can cost up to $100.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5,000 patients taking the prescription painkiller methadone die every year from the drug, mostly from accidently overdoses. This accounts for more than one-third of prescription painkiller deaths nationally.
Methadone, as well as many other prescription drugs, is a dangerous substance that can be highly addictive after only a few uses, leading to destructive behavior and emotional distance. Call A Center for Addiction Recovery and speak to one of our certified drug rehab therapists to learn more about our prescription drug addiction treatment programs, and how we incorporate various proven therapies like the 12 step program, detox, and medicinal drug treatment therapy to achieve the best results.
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